Donald Trump insists Mike Pence's debate performance is to his 'credit'

Updated: Oct 07, 2016, 10:25 IST | Agencies

In typical Donald Trump style, the Republican presidential nominee took credit for the widely praised debate performance of his running mate Mike Pence, saying it demonstrated his leadership skills and reflected well on his own judgment and decision making

Supporters say the pledge of allegiance at the Trump rally in Nevada. Pic/ AFP
Supporters say the pledge of allegiance at the Trump rally in Nevada. Pic/ AFP

Washington: In typical Donald Trump style, the Republican presidential nominee took credit for the widely praised debate performance of his running mate Mike Pence, saying it demonstrated his leadership skills and reflected well on his own judgment and decision making.

“Mike Pence did an incredible job. And I’m getting a lot of credit, because that’s really my first so-called choice. That was my first hire, as we would say in Las Vegas,” Trump told his supporters at an election rally in Reno, Nevada.

“Last night, America also got to look firsthand at my judgment and that was judgment you know you need, judgment for people, for deals,” the 70-year-old said.

Independent observers and mainstream media have said that Pence won the vice-presidential debate against Democratic nominee Tim Kaine.

“I’ll tell you, he’s a good one. He was cool. He was smart. He was meant to be doing what he’s doing, and we are very, very proud,” he said.

However, reports quoting Trump advisers have also suggested that in internal circles, Trump is unhappy at being “upstaged” by Pence and his superior performance. The Trump campaign has rubbished these claims.

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