Thursday, October 6, 2016

Kaine better truth-teller than Pence

PolitiFact fact-checked controversial statements by Tim Kaine and Mike Pence on Tuesday night's debate.   Of the ones they checked, Kaine scored 79% either "true" or "mostly true."  The combined score of those two categories for Pence was 31%.

I want to add that Kaine's stretches were mostly hyperbole and exaggerations, while Pence told some huge whoppers that have previously been debunked by fact-checkers, like saying the Clinton Foundation uses only 10% of its donations for charity and that the Clintons themselves have gotten millions of dollars from foreign donors.   Those are black and white, proven lies that Pence chose to repeat before 34 million tv viewers.

I want to add another comment about those who thought Pence had a more presidential demeanor in the debate, where Kaine was more focused on being the Trump attack dog and fact checker.    I agree that Pence has a more presidential demeanor than Donald Trump.  But so does Kaine.  We've seen the Kaine presidential demeanor before.  A dignity and calm leadership that come from deep inside him.  Just go back and read about his handling of the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting when he was governor.   Obama himself couldn't have been better as disaster-comforter-in-chief.


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