Pence: Saying Putin Is Stronger on World Stage Not Endorsement of Putin, Indictment of Obama

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At Tuesday night's debate, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence attacked Vladimir Putin as a "small and bullying" leader.

“The small and bullying leader of Russia is not dictating terms to the United States,” Pence said. “We have got to be able to lean into this with strong, broad-shouldered American leadership.”

“The provocations by Russia need to be met with American strength,” Pence continued. “The United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike military targets of the Assad regime.”

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MODERATOR: Trump has said: "Putin has no respect for Hillary Clinton and no respect for Obama." Why do you think he will respect a Trump-Pence administration? Why the you think he will respect a trump-pence administration?

MIKE PENCE: Strength. Plain and simple... Donald Trump is a strong leader... We are going to rebuild our military. This whole Putin thing, look, America is stronger than Russia. Our economy is 16 times larger than the Russian economy. Our political system is superior to the crony corrupt capitalis system in Russia it every way.

When Donald Trump and I observed, as I said, in Syria and Iran and Ukraine that the small and bullying leader of Russia has been stronger on the world stage than this administration, that is stating painful facts. That is not an endorsement of Putin. That is an indictment of the weak and feckless leadership of President Obama and Hillary Clinton.


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