VP debate pits Kaine and Pence against Trump’s own words – campaign live

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Hello, and welcome to our live-wire coverage of the 2016 race for the White House. The vice-presidential nominees debated last night, both turning in performances that thrilled their bases, although it’s not clear that Indiana governor Mike Pence thrilled his boss – “[Donald Trump] can’t stand to be upstaged,” an unnamed Trump adviser told NBC News afterward.

Pence was praised for his fluid style, while Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine won plaudits for working hard to pin Pence down on the many controversial things Trump has said. Pence’s tactic was to deny that Trump had said those things.

That has opened the way for some accountability journalism. The Huffington Post has produced an instructive video mashup of Trump saying all the things Pence denied he’d said. The Clinton camp put out something similar:

Politico, meanwhile, has produced coverage of “six Trump statements that Pence attempted to tweak, massage or erase all together”. Topics include tax returns, social security, insults, Russian president Vladimir Putin, nuclear weapons and abortion.

Here’s a video of the debate highlights:

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While there was no Trump-level always-be-closing salesman onstage to give the fact-checkers a real workout, the checkers nonetheless had plenty to do. Here’s the Guardian’s Alan Yuhas keeping them honest:

What if Pence were the nominee?

After the debate, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said that Pence had failed to defend Trump, but had come across as “smooth” and “sort of likable”. He was sunny where Trump is cloudy. Pence was in control where Trump is not.

That’s simply not true, Elaine. The sky is red. Photograph: UPI / Barcroft Images

But was Pence’s performance strong enough to occasion buyer’s remorse for the Republicans?

Clinton will be in Washington DC today for finance events, while Trump, who stayed overnight in Las Vegas, has a midday event in a suburb of Sin City and an afternoon event in Reno.

Clinton has a lot of surrogates in the field today – everyone short of the president and first lady, it seems. Bill Clinton is still somewhere on a bus in Ohio; Kaine will be in Philadelphia; Bernie Sanders will campaign in Des Moines, Iowa, and in Madison and Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Chelsea Clinton will campaign in Iowa.

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