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Trump and Pence "less awkward" than Democrats: Manafort

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 01:28

Donald Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort says the relationship between the Republican presidential nominee and his running mate Mike Pence is comfortable and ''less awkward than what you're gonna see with Democrats.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Donald Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort says the relationship between the Republican presidential nominee and his running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence is "comfortable" and "strong." Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Manafort said about their relationship, "It's a less awkward situation than I've been in many marriages and certainly probably gonna be less awkward than what you're gonna see later this week with the Democrats." Pence is the keynote speaker on the third day of the Republican convention in Cleveland, and has been well received by the Republican Party's social conservative wing, who were skeptical of Trump's commitment to opposing abortion and same-sex marriage but trust his running mate, a former U.S. lawmaker. But joint appearances between the two men have been awkward. Trump and Pence shared the stage only briefly when Pence publicly agreed to be Trump's running mate, and their first televised interview together, on CBS's "60 Minutes," was not smooth. For example, asked about Pence's support in Congress for war in Iraq, Trump responded, "I don't care," saying Pence was allowed to make occasional mistakes. When the interviewer asked if Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton should get the same wiggle room on her own Iraq vote when she was a U.S. senator, Trump said, "No."

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Trump and Pence "less awkward" than Democrats: Manafort

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 01:28