In Clearwater, Pence defends FBI director's actions

Mike Pence says it is important that the FBI do its job on Hillary Clinton's emails.

CLEARWATER — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are putting everything on the line this week.

Tonight 10News WTSP spoke with Donald Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, at his stop at a hangar at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in Pinellas County about the newest twist in the race for the White House.

Trump and Pence are two starkly different people.

Pence is a more traditional politician -- very effective at rousing the crowd here in Clearwater -- even stumping for down-ballot Republicans.

But listen to what Pence had to say when 10News political reporter Mark Rivera asked him about Director James Comey of the FBI possibly reopening an investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.

“Do you think that was fair to do so close to the election?” Rivera asked.

“Well, I think it's important for the FBI to just do their job,” Pence responded.

“They did, however, promise that if there was more information, that they would reopen the investigation and alert the Congress. And I think it's appropriate that the director of the FBI did that,” Pence said.

Republicans ranging from the tea party to former Bush administration attorneys general have come out against Comey's actions.

So 10News asked about another FBI investigation ongoing right now -- this one into former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

“The FBI's also doing preliminary investigation into Paul Manafort, his connections to Russia and your campaign. Should they update the public on that?” Rivera asked.

“I'm not aware of anything to do with that,” Pence said as he pivoted to an attack on the Clinton foundation.

There was a spooky twist to this Halloween campaign rally as well.

“Donald Trump and I have both said we commend the FBI,” Pence was saying right before the lights at the Clearwater hangar in which the rally was being held went off --  and Pence’s microphone cut.

What did Pence do?

He got right back up with a megaphone and pushed through until the mic came back on.

Now, it's a mad dash to the end and the Trump campaign is going to criss-cross the state of Florida. Starting Tuesday, he's going to be in Miami, Orlando, and Pensacola.


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