Presidential races

Pence, Kaine spar over implicit bias

Greg Nash

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) knocked Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for accusing law enforcement of implicit bias as he sought to reassure police officers that they will have the resources needed to do their jobs.

{mosads}Pence brought up the moment from last week’s presidential debate where Clinton addressed implicit bias and argued it’s a problem “for everyone, not just police.”

Clinton’s comments came in the wake of two police shootings of African-American men, and Pence on Tuesday night accused them of using these tragedies to “demean” police officers.

“We ought to stop seizing on these moments of tragedy,” Pence said, adding that there will still be investigations into the shootings.

“But senator, please — enough of this seeking every opportunity to demean law enforcement broadly by making accusation of implicit bias every time tragedy occurs.”

The GOP vice presidential nominee highlighted Donald Trump’s commitment to law enforcement and touted the Republican ticket’s endorsement from the nation’s largest police union, the Fraternal Order of Police.

Kaine defended Clinton bringing up implicit bias, saying if the issue isn’t addressed, it will be difficult to find a resolution to alleviate institutional racism.

“If you’re afraid to have the discussion, you’ll never solve it,” Kaine said. “I guess I can’t believe that you’re defending the position there is no bias.”

Pence and Kaine are squaring off in the first and only vice presidential debate of the general election season, in Virginia.

Tags Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Mike Pence Tim Kaine

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