While Donald Trump’s attempt to out-Jerry Springer Jerry Springer failed spectacularly during Sunday’s presidential debate, the Republican nominee’s running mate faced an uphill battle of his own. Due to the cancellation of several campaign events, rumors began swirling that Pence wanted off the GOP presidential ticket in a hurry. Their sources were, of course, unattributed or credited to antonymous tipsters obtained by the journalists who tweeted them, but the online uproar was enough to necessitate Pence’s latest round of television appearances on Monday morning.
On CNN’s New Day, the Republican governor of Indiana was asked point blank whether or not the rumors were true. Especially since news of Pence’s initial discomfort with Trump’s “locker room talk” stemmed from reports involving his “furious” wife, Karen Pence:
“It’s absolutely false to suggest that at any point in time we considered dropping off this ticket. It’s the greatest honor of my life to have been nominated by my party to be the next Vice President of the United States of America. Look, politics is a very touch business. I get that… This is my first time at the national level. The fact is, as I said on Saturday, I couldn’t condone and I couldn’t defend those remarks. I encouraged Donald Trump on Friday to apologize for them. He did. He expressed his personal remorse.”
Trump did in fact apologize for his comments from 2005, though how much Pence specifically had to do with it remains to be seen. What’s more, the conversation had less to do with what Trump said and did, and more to do with whether or not Pence was actually considering exiting the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential ticket. He claimed it was “absolutely false,” but didn’t really go into any detail about the rumors.