Republican Mike Pence defends Donald Trump after reports that Trump likely paid no taxes for a number of years. Democrat Tim Kaine says Trump broke his first promise by not releasing his tax returns. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said Donald Trump's tax returns showed he used the tax code "brilliantly," after the New York Times released a portion of his 1995 tax returns last week and estimated that Trump likely paid no taxes for a number of years. Pence said Trump is a businessman, not a career politician, and his tax returns showed he faced some tough times. Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine responded by saying Trump broke his first promise by not releasing his tax returns. The two were facing off at the vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Farmville, a town of 8,000 nestled in the heart of central Virginia, got a rare spell in the limelight on Tuesday night when U.S. vice presidential candidates faced off at Longwood University in their only debate of the general election campaign. Democrat Hillary Clinton has led Republican Donald Trump in national opinion polls in recent months. On Tuesday, an average of polls aggregated by RealClearPolitics website showed her with 48.1 percent of support compared to Trump's 44.3 percent.