Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana denied several real statements made by his running mate Donald Trump during a debate with Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia on Oct. 4 (video below).
At one point during the debate, Kaine stated: "And with respect to refugees, we want to keep people out if they are dangerous, Donald Trump said keep them out if they're Muslim."
Pence interjected, "Absolutely false."
However, Mediaite.com notes that Trump's campaign said in December 2015: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on."
Kaine also said that Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "great leader," which Pence denied, notes The Huffington Post.
Trump told Fox News in July: "Putin has much better leadership qualities than Obama. Said he's a better leader than Obama, because Obama's not a leader, so he's certainly doing a better job than Obama is, and that's all."
For his part, Pence recently stated: "I think it’s inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country.”
Kaine mentioned that Trump has said that Putin was not going into Ukraine, but Pence denied that as well, reports The Huffington Post.
Trump told ABC News in July (video below): "He’s not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want."
When Trump was reminded that Russia was already in Ukraine by George Stephanopoulos, he replied, "Well, he's there in a certain way."
Russia invaded the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine in 2014.
Pence also denied that Trump has said that more nations should have nuclear weapons, reports The Huffington Post, but Trump told The New York Times in March: "Well I think maybe it’s not so bad to have Japan -- if Japan had that nuclear threat, I’m not sure that would be a bad thing for us."
On the topic of immigration, Kaine said during the debate that Trump has proposed a "deportation force," and "They want to go house to house, school to school, business to business, and kick out 16 million people," which Pence dismissed as "nonsense."
The Huffington Post notes that Trump told MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" in 2015: "You’re going to have a deportation force, and you’re going to do it humanely. And you’re going to bring the country -- and frankly, the people, because you have some excellent wonderful people, some fantastic people that have been here for a long period of time."
The Chicago Tribune reports that Pence denied that Trump has said that NATO is "obsolete," but Trump tweeted in March: "My statement on NATO being obsolete and disproportionately too expensive (and unfair) for the U.S. are now, finally, receiving plaudits!"
Kaine mentioned that Trump said that women should be punished for having an abortion, and Pence countered: "Donald Trump and I would never support legislation that punished women who made the heartbreaking choice to end a pregnancy," reports The Huffington Post.
Trump did tell MSNBC's Chris Matthews on March 30 that there should be some kind of "punishment" for women who have an abortion, but later walked it back to being an issue for the states.
Many in the media praised Pence's performance as a possible audition for the 2020 GOP presidential nomination, while Kaine was criticized for interrupting and being too aggressive.