Pence calm and steady, but dodges in defending Trump

Moderator Elaine Quijano of CBS News watches as Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence, right, shakes hands with Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine during the vice-presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Mike Pence was calm and steady in the face of Democrat Tim Kaine’s fiery and frequent challenges. But when it came to defending Donald Trump, Pence dodged, sidestepped or was silent about some of his running mate’s most provocative words.

Kaine aggressively pressured Pence to vouch for Trump throughout the 90-minute debate, often using the brash businessman’s own words. While Pence defended Trump’s tax history, he notably sidestepped criticism of Trump’s demeaning comments about women and his public doubting of President Barack Obama’s citizenship.

The usually easygoing Kaine went on the attack from the start and seemed determined to make the debate a referendum on Trump’s disposition. He slammed Trump for having called women pigs and slobs, and also condemned the GOP nominee’s praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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