Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine are "desperate to clean up" Kaine's performance in Tuesday night's debate against GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, but the Indiana governor clearly did a "spectacular" job, Donald Trump's campaign manager said Thursday.
"We totally disagree," Conway told ABC's "Good Morning America," after both Clinton and Kaine accused Pence of not defending Trump adequately during the debate. "I understand why they're desperate to clean up Tim Kaine's performance."
According to ABC News analysis, Kaine interrupted Pence 70 times, compared to Pence interrupting Kaine 40 times, and Conway said the Trump campaign is "really happy" with Pence's performance.
She also dismissed claims that Pence, who appeared on several morning talk shows Thursday, does not fully back Trump.
"The fact that he's on the ticket very proudly tells you all you need to know about how he feels about Donald Trump," Conway told host George Stephanopoulos.
Kaine told supporters at a rally on Wednesday he "got dinged a little bit" for interrupting Pence too often, and called his rival a "pretty good debater."
But still, he said Pence is "pretty smooth," but "there is one thing he can’t do, and that is defend Donald Trump on anything.
Clinton used the same line of attack, during a Washington, D.C. fundraiser Wednesday night, saying she thought Kaine did a "great job," but every time he tried to push Pence to defend Trump, the Indiana governor "just bobbed and weaved and tried to get out of the way because, after all, trying to defend Donald Trump is an impossible task."
Trump and Clinton will debate in St. Louis on Sunday in a town-hall style event, and Conway said Trump will find the debate to be in a "comfortable format," as he is the one "out there at these rallies and small settings every single day."
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