Mike Pence, the Republican party’s vice presidential nominee, engaged in tense back-to-back interviews on CBS This Morning and NBC’s Today on Friday.
The Indiana governor was asked about his running mate’s recent allegations of sexual harassment, but was repeatedly cut off whenever he brought up the WikiLeaks release of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
CBS’s Norah O’Donnell asked Pence if he thought Donald Trump’s language was sexually predatory, to which Pence insisted he had already addressed those claims.
“No, I already spoke about my concerns about the language he used in that 11-year-old video,” Pence told O’Donnell. “But what he’s made it clear is that was talk, regrettable talk on his part, but that there were no actions.
“Donald Trump made it very clear yesterday, he has categorically denied these allegations and these kind of unsubstantiated claims being given so much focus in the media at the time we have hard evidence flowing out of the Clinton Foundation,” Pence added.
When Pence tried to point out that Clinton, while she was secretary of state, had allegedly given preferential treatment to friends for reconstruction contracts in Haiti, CBS’ Charlie Rose was quick to interrupt him.
“We would like to ask all of those questions … we would like to ask all of those questions of her. But we have Donald Trump’s running mate here this morning,” Rose said.
Pence pressed on issue, bringing up emails indicating Clinton advocating for open borders, her pay-for-play politics, and her support of socialized medicine.
“Governor, I want to let my colleagues have a chance here. I want my colleagues to have a chance,” Rose interrupted, again. “Clearly these are important issues and we’d like to raise them with her and her running mate, but we have you here this morning.”
The Indiana governor believed that the new allegations of sexual harassment would come under scrutiny before Friday ended.
“What evidence is coming out?” Rose asked.
“Well, just stay tuned. I know that there is more information that is going to be coming out that will back his claim that this is all categorically false,” Pence said.
On NBC’s Today, Pence called out co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie for also holding a double standard when it comes to balanced reporting.
“The claims against Bill Clinton now for decades have been quite well-chronicled in books and history, they’ve been quite well-substantiated, and frankly, those women have gotten scant attention this year or in previous years from many in the mainstream media,” Pence said, later adding that no focus has been given to the numerous Clinton’s emails.
Guthrie shot back.
“We have covered that story, and with respect, if she were here or Tim Kaine were here, we’d be asking her,” Guthrie said. “You’re answerable for your campaign, they’re answerable for their campaign.”
“ABC, CBS and NBC dedicated 4 hours and 13 minutes to discussing the recent allegations of sexual misconduct surrounding Donald Trump’s campaign,” NewsBusters reported. “Meanwhile, not only has the continual release of the WikiLeaks emails from top Hillary staff gotten a comparatively puny 36 minutes.”
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