FACT CHECK: 21 Times Tim Kaine Lied During the VP Debate

By Andrew Stiles | 2:38 pm, October 5, 2016

The mainstream media is attacking Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence for being a big fat liar and refusing to defend his running mate, Donald Trump.

Maybe these “journalists” should aim their fact-checking cannons at Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, who told at least 21 lies during the debate.

1) “This [Longwood, Virginia] is a very special place.”

  • Fact Check: FALSE. There is nothing special about Longwood, Virginia.

2) “My primary role is to be Hillary Clinton’s right-hand person.”

  • Fact Check: FALSE. “Right-hand person” is a made-up term. The correct phrase is “right-hand man,” assuming he is one.

3) “You are Donald Trump’s apprentice.”

  • Fact Check: MISLEADING. Dictionary.com defines “apprentice” as “a person who works for another in order to learn a trade.” Mike Pence is not an employee or intern of the Trump Organization, making the analogy inapt.

4) “Governor Pence doesn’t think the world’s going so well and he, you know, is going to say it’s everybody’s fault.”

  • Fact Check: FALSE. Mike Pence did not blame “everybody” for all the problems in the world. He almost exclusively said Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were responsible for the world’s problems. Nice try, Tim.

5) “Under Secretary Clinton’s leadership, she was part of the national team, public safety team that went after and revived the dormant hunt against bin Laden and wiped him off the face of the Earth.”

  • Fact Check: DOUBLE FALSE. The is no such thing as a “national…public safety team” that is responsible for hunting down terrorists. Also, it’s incorrect to say that Osama bin Laden was “wiped…off the face of the Earth.” According to the U.S. government, bin Laden’s body continues reside on Earth, at the bottom of an ocean.

6) “Well, if you [Mike Pence] want to put more American troops in Iraq, you can propose that.”

  • Fact Check: FALSE. In order to put more American troops in Iraq, Mike Pence would have to be elected president and order them to go there. A proposal from a vice presidential candidate would be unlikely to result in more U.S. troop entering Iraq.

7) “Donald Trump started this campaign in 2014 and he said, “If I run for president, I will absolutely release my taxes.”

  • Fact Check: FALSE. Donald Trump formally launched his presidential campaign on June 16, 2015.

8) “The last thing I want to ask Governor Pence is…”

  • Fact Check: FALSE. After making this comment during the middle of the debate, Kaine proceeded to ask Pence more than one thing.

9) “We’re having fun up here.”

  • Fact Check: BLATANT LIE. They were not having fun up there.

10) “You’re not going to cut taxes.”

  • Fact Check: UNVERIFIABLE. Kaine’s assertion is based on speculation. There is no way to know for sure if Mike Pence would cut taxes if elected.

11) “I apologize.”

12) “You will look in vain to see Donald Trump ever taking responsibility for anybody and apologizing.”

  • Fact Check: FALSE. A simple Google search reveals that Donald Trump has apologized at least one time.

13) “I look forward to working together in whatever capacities we serve in.”

  • Fact Check: LIE. He probably doesn’t.

14) “When Donald Trump says Mexicans are rapists and criminals…”

15) “These guys say all Mexicans are bad.”

  • Fact Check: FALSE. Donald Trump has said that some, not all, undocumented immigrants from Mexico are rapists and criminals.

16) “If you don’t know the difference between dictatorship and leadership, then you got to go back to a fifth-grade civics class.”

  • Fact Check: FALSE. There is no existing law requiring individuals who don’t know the difference between dictatorship and leadership to return to middle school.

17) “Elaine, let me just mention one thing.”

  • Fact Check: MASSIVE LIE. Kaine went on to mention dozens of things after making this absurd claim.

18) “Governor Pence said, inarguably, Vladimir Putin is a better leader than President Obama.”

  • Fact Check: FALSE. Pence actually said: “I think it’s inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country.” He didn’t say “better,” and two words don’t mean the same thing.

19) “I’m going to talk about the [Clinton Foundation], and then I’ll talk about North Korea.”

  • Fact Check: UNTRUE. After making this claim, Kaine talked about the Clinton Foundation, but then began talking about the Trump Foundation, not North Korea, as promised.

20) “[Hillary] knows how to sit down at a table and negotiate tough deals.”

  • Fact Check: LACKS CRUCIAL CONTEXT. Whether or not Hillary Clinton knows “how to sit down at a table and negotiate tough deals” is a matter of dispute. Additionally, Kaine neglected the mention the fact that Hillary often relies on pillows when sitting down.

21) “Great line from the gospel of Matthew: ‘From the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks.'”

  • Fact Check: WRONG. Not technically a lie, since the phrase Kaine quoted does appear in Matthew 12:34. However, it was wrong and somewhat heartless of Kaine to quote from the gospel of Matthew, which is also the name of a category 3 hurricane currently heading straight for Donald Trump’s estate in Mar-A-Lago, Florida.