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Chris Wallace Asks Mike Pence 'Are You The Cleanup Crew?'

It's an obvious question at this point.
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Poor wittle Governor Pence, the once-excited, yet half-hearted Veep choice of Orange Julius Von Yamführer, is tasked with the impossible: defending Drumpf's schizoid comments that could be serious, but maybe not, but, but, ughhhhhh.

On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace was trying to get the VP nom to admit that his job is to clean up the mess that the Drumpenführer seems to leave in his wake. Wallace wanted to know how serious Trump was with the ISIS comments, the ones he later took back as sarcasm.

PENCE: Well, I think he was being very serious, and he was making a point that needs to be made, that there is no question that the failed policies of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the wider Middle East, created a vacuum within Iraq in which ISIS was able to arise. There's essentially no question --

WALLACE: So then why is he saying he was sarcastic?

PENCE: Well, he was making a very serious point, and look --

WALLACE: Forgive me, why did he say he was being sarcastic?

PENCE: Well, he was making a very serious point. Donald Trump has a way of talking to get people's attention, and it's drawn attention to a very important issue.

There was a time when any Democrat president (insult courtesy of Joseph McCarthy) knew where the buck stopped in the White House. And the responsibility for the failed policies in the Middle East that created the environment where ISIS developed belongs to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the American people know that.

WALLACE: He said that Obama and Clinton were the most valuable players of ISIS, that they were the co-founders of ISIS. Then he said, well, I was just being sarcastic about that, just as he said he was just being sarcastic about inviting Russia to come in and release e-mails of Hillary Clinton’s.

Isn't the sarcastic excuse getting a bit old?

PENCE: Well, no, I don't think it's getting old at all, Chris. Donald Trump made his way through a very competitive primary because he spoke not like your typical politician, but just plainly like an every day American. And speaking plainly is exactly what the American people will anticipate in the course of this election, but more importantly, they're going to have a president who tells them exactly what's on his mind, and the American people are going to hear and hear him loudly.


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Wallace plays a clip of a question a young boy asked him at a rally, with Pence's reply.

UNIDENTIFIED BOY: I’ve been noticing that you've been kind of softening up on Mr. Trump's policies and words. Is this going to be your role in the administration?

PENCE: Sometimes things don't always come out like you mean, right?

WALLACE: Are you the cleanup crew?

(LAUGHTER)

PENCE: I couldn't be more honored to be campaigning shoulder to shoulder with a man who I believe is going to be the next president of the United States.

WALLACE: But you do have to clean up. You do have to explain some of the things he says.

PENCE: Well, look, we have different styles, but as I told that little boy, we have exactly the same convictions. We both believe we can make America great again. We'll return to those time honored principles of standing tall on the world stage, rebuilding our military, unleashing the full potential of the American economy, and letting the American people stand tall again.

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