2016 Elections

Trump and Pence Play Good Cop, Bad Cop on Putin

The running mates' apparent divide on Russia could produce a coherent policy.

Focus on Russia.

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign has done a thorough job of painting Donald Trump as a sympathizer of President Vladimir Putin. The Oct. 4 vice-presidential debate led some to believe that there was a split between Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, on this issue. Yet Trump’s statements about the Russian leader and his suggestions about cooperation might be consistent with Pence’s advocacy of a tough stance. 

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