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Mike Pence Talks Supreme Court, Hillary Clinton Scandals

10-15-2016
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's running mate hit the political high marks for evangelical voters in an exclusive interview with CBN founder Pat Robertson Thursday.

Watch the exclusive interview with Gov. Mike Pence above. You can also watch clips from the interview above.

Gov. Mike Pence named the Supreme Court as possibly the most important issue in this election and called on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to denounce anti-Christian comments made by her communications director. He accused Clinton of engaging in "pay to play" politics during her tenure as secretary of state.

Pence listed a number of issues in the upcoming election, before landing on the high court as the most crucial.

"As important as national security is -- and we've got to be stronger in the world -- as important as law and order is, as important as getting this economy moving again is, maybe the most important issue on the ballot is the fact that the next president of the United States will probably set the course and direction of the Supreme Court for the next 40 years," he said.

He described Clinton's view of the judiciary as '"legislating from the bench" and said Trump's picks would adhere to the Constitutional text.

"As we go forward, Donald Trump and I will be making appointments to the federal courts at every level from the Supreme Court down that will strictly interpret the Constitution of the United States, that will stand by our God-given liberties, our liberties enshrined in the First Amendment -- the freedom of speech and freedom of religion -- and stand by our Second Amendment," he said.

Pence, who was raised Catholic and now worships in an evangelical church, also expressed his dismay at disparaging comments about Catholics and evangelicals made by a Clinton campaign official.

"As a fellow believer, I was deeply troubled that Hillary Clinton's communications director in an email, made anti-Catholic and anti-Christian remarks. She actually referred to evangelicals as not socially acceptable," Pence said. "She said that to be Catholic was more socially acceptable than to be evangelical."

"But there were also demeaning comments about the Catholic faith... You've seen it over the course of your career, these elitists in Washington, D.C., and the condescending attitudes they have about faith," he continued. "Hillary Clinton should denounce those comments immediately and call on her communications director to apologize to Catholics and evangelical Christians across America and do it immediately."

Pence also pounced on what he called Clinton's "pay to play" politics when she led the State Department.

"When Congress made a request for the emails, she used high-technology and actually hammers to destroy access to and the availability of those emails. But even just this week on ABC News, it was uncovered that while she was Secretary of State there's an email now, hard evidence that shows that they, her State Department, was actually directing contracts for the Haitian relief effort following the 2010 earthquake to friends of the Clintons," he explained. "I mean, this is exactly the kind of 'pay to play' politics that Hillary Clinton said never happened."

While Trump's statements about women and allegations of sexual abuse have embroiled the campaign in recent days, Pence said he was "proud" of Trump's humility as expressed in his apology and his ability to refocus his campaign on the issues that matter.

Pence also confidently said that his and Trump's message is breaking through the country.

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