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Leaked Clinton emails featured in Pence speech

Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence’s standard campaign speech has a new look, courtesy of WikiLeaks.

 

At a rally in Salem, Virginia, Wednesday, Pence referred to emails the group has released since the weekend, purportedly from Hillary Clinton and various campaign officials, to back up his charges that she is unfit to become the nation’s next president.

 

Pence pointed to a July 15, 2015, email exchange between pollster John Anzalone and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, in which Anzalone quoted Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) saying the Iran nuclear deal was “the greatest appeasement since Chamberlain gave Czechoslovakia to Hitler.”

 

“Yup,” Podesta said.

 

Pence said the email was an example of how Clinton helped embolden America’s enemies in the Middle East.

 

“We’re going to tear up that bogus deal with Iran and make sure that bogus sponsor of state terrorism never gets a nuclear weapon,” Pence said.

 

Pence also took swings at the Affordable Care Act, noting that at an Oct. 3 campaign stop in Flint, Michigan, former President Bill Clinton called the law “the craziest thing in the world.”

 

“Even with the Clintons, truth happens,” Pence said.

 

President Clinton tempered those remarks in campaign appearances later in the week.

 

But Pence noted that in a Jan. 1, 2015, speech to tinePublic, Inc. in Saskatoon, Canada released by WikiLeaks over the weekend, Secretary Clinton wanted to move the United States beyond the Affordable Care Act toward a single payer health care system.

 

“I'm hoping that whatever the shortfalls or the glitches have been, which in a big piece of legislation you're going to have, those will be remedied and we can really take a hard look at what's succeeding, fix what isn't, and keep moving forward to get to affordable universal health care coverage like you have here in Canada," Clinton said.

 

“We don’t want socialized medicine In America,” Pence said.

 

Pence told the crowd that one of the important issues remaining in the presidential campaign was bringing an end to pay-to-play politics.

 

“More emails come out every day,” Pence said. “It’s hard to keep up with the avalanche of corruption coming out of the Clinton years."

 

Pence pulled another example from the WikiLeaks pile, this time on a speech the former secretary of state delivered to executives with the Brazilian bank Unibanco Itau in March 2013.

 

“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders,” Clinton said.

 

Pence promised that a Trump administration would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and remain out of the Trans Pacific Partnership.

 

Pence also promised that a Donald Trump administration would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton.

 

“No one is above the law,” Pence said.

 

Pence made no mention of the lewd videotape remarks of Trump and Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that surfaced last week and resulted in several Republicans, including Pence, distancing themselves from Trump.

 

Instead, Pence asked rally-goers to “pray for America.”