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Kaine calls Trump "Vladimir Putin's defense lawyer"

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 01:34

Democratic Vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine calls Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, ''Vladimir Putin's defense lawyer.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Democratic Vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine calls Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump "Vladimir Putin's defense lawyer," at a campaign event at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. "He wouldn't even defend that America could run a fair election," he said. "'I don't know it's going to be rigged, I don't even know if I will accept the outcome,'" Kaine said. "If you think that badly of us, and of this country, why are you even running for President in the first place?" he asked. Most Republicans believe Russia is attempting to influence the U.S. presidential election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, despite comments by the party's nominee, Trump, downplaying the possibility. Some 55 percent of U.S. adults, including 51 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats, said they thought Russia was trying to tip the scales in the Nov. 8 presidential election, according to the survey. Most American adults - 62 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of Republicans - think Putin is supporting Trump for the White House, the poll found. Some 71 percent of those who suspect Russia of meddling believe Moscow is doing so through the recent hacks of Democratic emails, according to the Oct. 18-24 survey. But 57 percent of those who suspect Russian interference also believe Trump has "no involvement in Russia's release of unflattering information" on his Democratic rival, Clinton. Opinion polls show Clinton's lead has narrowed slightly since early last week. It was not known if the email controversy would hurt her support. Clinton held a 5-point lead over Trump in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday, supported by 44 percent of likely voters, compared with Trump at 39 percent.

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Kaine calls Trump "Vladimir Putin's defense lawyer"

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 01:34