Indiana Governor and GOP VP Nominee Mike Pence joined me on this debate morning:
HH: Joined now by the Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, the Republican nominee for vice president. Governor Pence, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt show, good morning to you.
MP: Hey, Hugh, great to be back on with you. It’s an exciting day.
HH: It is. Where will you be watching the debate tonight?
MP: I’ll be seated right there. I’ll be at the event. My wife and I are looking forward to cheering on my running mate. I know it’s going to be a great night for Donald Trump and a great night for America.
HH: Let’s talk a little bit about the specifics of the debate tonight, Governor Pence.
HH: Do you think Mr. Trump should bring up Secretary Clinton’s server?
MP: Well, I think look, I think that the choice in this election could not be more clear, whether it would be on the way that people have carried themselves in public life or their agenda for this country. And so I think everything, everything should be on the table. And her years as Secretary of State, the fact that she had a private server that we now know she was actually getting emails from the president of the United States, a private server where classified information was actually being trafficked, that’s all fair game at this or any future debate. The American people have a right to review her record and her conduct in public life, but I expect tonight’s going to be about a whole bunch of issues. And I think you’re going to see in Donald Trump a candidate who’s going to continue to focus on the issues that matter most to the American people – national security, economic growth and jobs, the Supreme Court of the United States, and I’m just telling you what, I’m just counting the hours.
HH: Well, I want to focus on national security and the server for a couple of question and go to the other ones.
HH: In your opinion, Mike Pence, you were in Congress. You had all the clearances. You’re the governor of Indiana. You’ve dealt with emergencies. Does her server represent a national security disaster to you?
MP: Say again? You broke up for one second.
HH: Do you believe her holding on to an unclassified, unsecured private server is a national security disaster, in other words that foreign hostile agencies easily could breach and probably did breach?
MP: Oh, right, right. Well, there’s no question that the fact that Hillary Clinton, while she was Secretary of State, had a private server, and actually trafficked in classified information on that server, represented an irresponsible act that placed classified and sensitive information about the United States of America potentially within reach of foreign governments and foreign powers. It’s simply no question about that. And the fact that she did that, the reasons for doing that, and the fact that she then used high technology, this BleachBit program to attempt to erase and eradicate those, you know, I’m old enough to remember a president who erased 18 ½ minutes of audio tape and he was run out of Washington, D.C. And here, we have in Hillary Clinton someone who actually used high technology to attempt to erase nearly 18,000 emails. And as I said, that doesn’t, that doesn’t sound like politics. That sounds like obstruction. And these are all issues the American people ought to be willing to deal with and weight in their decision. But I think it’s one of the reasons why the polls are so tight. And I couldn’t be more excited. A new Bloomberg poll this morning, and this is a wheel to wheel race. We’re leading in some key battleground states around the country, close, even, in Pennsylvania. And I think it’s because the more people focus on this race, the more they can see that Donald Trump has the right vision for America, and has the right brand of leadership during these challenging times. Continue Reading