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Forgiveness, praise focus of Pence’s resurfacing

The Associated Press

Mike Pence

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence emerged Monday after a weekend out of the public eye, reaffirming his relationship — awkward as it may seem — with Donald Trump.

After canceling a weekend campaign appearance and leaving Trump alone to deal with a video of sexually predatory remarks, Pence was campaigning again — and praising Trump’s Sunday debate performance.

But even as Pence struggled to clean up a disagreement with Trump on Syria, the Indiana governor — a devout Christian — tried to put Trump’s obscene remarks about women behind him. Importantly, Pence noted, Trump had apologized.

“We all fall short of the glory of God,” Pence said during a campaign rally in Charlotte, N.C. “I believe in forgiveness.”

Pence was referring to the Friday afternoon publication by The Washington Post of a story about a 2005 video in which Trump is recorded bragging about groping women without their permission. Pence released a statement refusing to condone or defend Trump’s remarks. He urged Trump to “show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation” during Sunday’s debate.Speech

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