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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

RNC Declares Mike Pence Winner Hours Before Vice Presidential Debate

Mike Pence. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Mike Pence. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
By Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone
05 October 16
 
Republicans lie yet again, but what's new?

he Republican National Committee declared Mike Pence the winner of the vice presidential debate in a post on its website that accidentally went up over an hour before the Indiana governor's showdown with Tim Kaine, The Huffington Post points out. Spoilers ahead!

The statement has since been taken down (and tastefully replaced with an unflattering picture of Hillary Clinton and a 404 message), though a screen grab shows the RNC was ready to proclaim, "The consensus was clear after the dust settled, Mike Pence was the clear winner of the debate." In an impressive act of prophesy, the post also noted that Pence's best moments came while discussing the economy and "Highlighting Hillary's scandals."

The RNC also predicted, "The other clear winner from tonight's debate was Donald Trump. His running mate perfectly shared Trump's vision to make America great again and that message is resonating with Americans all across the country."

Along with its premature Pence victory post, the RNC also accidentally published another statement with the headline, "It's Clear Who Lost the VP Debate, Hillary Clinton." Per CBS, the RNC wrote, "Tim Kaine was unable to answer for his running-mate's record of failure, corruption and secrecy at tonight's debate. The American people have spoken and it's clear who tonight’s biggest loser is, Hillary Clinton."

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