Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceFormer sheriff's deputy files lawsuit claiming he was fired for not wanting to be alone with a woman Iceland's prime minister will not be in town for Pence's visit Trump's latest plan to undermine Social Security MORE said Thursday that Russia's Vladimir Putin is a better leader than President Obama, backing up similar claims made recently by Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE.


"I think it's inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDemocratic governors fizzle in presidential race Obamas reportedly buying Martha's Vineyard mansion Trump has 62 percent disapproval rating in new AP poll MORE has been in this country," Pence, the governor of Indiana and Trump's running mate, said during an interview on CNN Thursday.

"And that's going to change the day that Donald Trump becomes president of the United States of America."

Pence also sought to draw distinction between Obama and Trump while likening the GOP nominee to former President Reagan.

Trump has in the past offered praise for the Russian president, drawing criticism from both sides of the aisle.

During a Wednesday night forum, he said Putin has been a leader "far more than our president has been a leader."

"If (Putin) says great things about me, I'm gonna say great things about him," Trump said during the NBC News event when pressed about his apparent friendliness toward Putin. "I've already said he is really very much of a leader."

Trump in July also said Putin is "doing a better job" than Obama.