Election 2016

Pence Now Says They Aren’t Working With the RNC to Intimidate Voters

Written by SK Ashby

Republican vice presidential running mate Mike Pence is walking things back now that he's on the hot seat.

Democratic party officials filed lawsuits in several states to force the Trump campaign and Republican party to disclose what plans they may have for intimidating voters on election day. Federal judges have responded by ordering the Trump campaign and RNC to hand over any relevant materials, in part, because Mike Pence and Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway both said they would work with the RNC to keep an eye on polling precincts.

Pence now says he was mistaken but, amusingly, he said this to an RNC lawyer.

In response to a court order, RNC lawyer John Phillippe interviewed Pence this week about his August comment and revealed in a Wednesday filing that Pence admitted “he made the statement based on his incorrect assumptions and that he has had no contact with the RNC about any ballot integrity program and has no basis to believe that the RNC is working with the Trump campaign on such efforts.”

Of course the GOP's vice presidential candidate would tell a GOP lawyer that they aren't working together. I can only assume, but I figure a typical federal judge would be insulted by this.

In any event, Mike Pence is either lying now or he was lying before. Or he really did speak out of his ass without even understanding the implications of what he was saying. These are all bad possibilities.

I think people who see Pence emerging as a front runner four years from now are wildly overestimating his political acumen. Pence has the personality of a raw potato.