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Mike Pence says denouncing David Duke as ‘deplorable’ is ‘name calling’ — but it’s just the truth

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Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Tuesday declined once again to label former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke as “deplorable,” saying that he would not engage in “name calling.”

During an interview with CNN on Monday, Pence said that Donald Trump’s campaign had repeatedly “denounced” Duke, but he refused to call the former KKK leader “deplorable,” a word that Hillary Clinton has used to describe Trump supporters.

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Pence was asked the question again on Tuesday at a press conference with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

“For all the world, I have no idea why this man keeps coming up,” Pence opined. “Donald Trump and I have denounced David Duke repeatedly. We have said that we do not want his support and we do not want the support of people who think like him.”

“This simple fact is that I’m not in the name calling business,” the Indiana governor added. “I believe that civility is essential in a vibrant democracy and it’s just never been my practice.”

“But I’m also not going to validate the language that Hillary Clinton used to describe the American people.”

Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Sept. 13, 2016.

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What is China doing to stop Beijing’s new coronavirus outbreak?

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Over 1,000 flights have been cancelled, schools shut and residents urged not to leave Beijing, as Chinese authorities race to contain a fresh outbreak linked to the capital's largest wholesale food market.

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According to a report in the New York Times, Democratic strategists and Never-Trumper conservatives fear Donald Trump will refuse to leave office should he lose in November and are making plans and figuring out their legal options should such an unprecedented state of affairs come to pass.

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‘Retaliation plain and simple’: Vaccine agency top Doc fired by Trump administration files whistleblower complaint

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