WASHINGTON — The Latest on Mike Pence in the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):
Sen. Bob Corker says Mike Pence gave out his cell number in the Republican senators’ weekly meeting.
The Tennessee Republican told reporters Tuesday that Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate at the closed-door session was, “very, very positive.”
That’s a big contrast to Trump’s visit with the same group of Republicans in July, when the presidential nominee clashed with several GOP senators.
The Indiana governor left the noontime meeting without commenting. But Corker and other Republicans who spoke to reporters after the gathering say Pence left a good impression.
Corker says senators offered “constructive suggestions” but the meeting was not confrontational.
Ted Cruz has left a meeting with Mike Pence without saying whether he will endorse or even vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The Texas Republican senator and onetime rival of Trump’s has refused to endorse the billionaire. Cruz met privately with Pence in Washington and attended a lunch with the Indiana governor and a number of other Republican senators.
Cruz says he had a “good and productive conversation” and a “very good meeting.” He calls Pence a “good man, a friend” and a “strong conservative.”
But Cruz left without answering questions about whether he will vote for Trump, endorse him or whether Pence asked him to publicly back Trump.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t rushing to endorse Republican nominee Donald Trump, even after a meeting with Trump’s running mate.
Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence met with Cruz Tuesday. The Indiana governor had endorsed Cruz in his bid for the White House. Since dropping out, Cruz has declined to endorse Trump, citing personal attacks the billionaire businessman has made against him and his family.
Cruz’s spokesman Jeff Roe said Tuesday that Cruz’s meeting with Pence was about “two fiscal conservatives hanging out.”
He declined to answer questions on whether Cruz would endorse Trump.
A House Republican has questioned vice presidential nominee Mike Pence about Donald Trump’s standing among women — and what can be done to improve it.
During the exchange in a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska asked the Indiana governor what to say to his own daughter when she expresses concerns about Trump’s views on women.
New York congressman Peter King said Pence responded that he has seen polling that shows Trump ahead with married women. Pence also noted Trump’s speech later Tuesday in Philadelphia, where Trump plans to roll out proposals to make child care more affordable for working families.
Asked after the meeting about Trump’s standing with women, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said: “There’s always room for improvement.”
Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence is standing by his refusal to describe white supremacist David Duke as “deplorable.”
Pence was asked at a news conference Tuesday with House Republican leaders whether he wanted to amend his statement from an interview Monday in which he denounced Duke, but declined to call him “deplorable.” Hillary Clinton has used the term “basket of deplorables” to describe half of Trump’s supporters.
Pence said he was “not going to validate the language Hillary Clinton used to describe the American people.” He called the issue a distraction.