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The Latest: Pence says hacking evidence points to Russia

October 28, 2016

WASHINGT0N (AP) — The Latest on Mike Pence in the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

8:20 a.m.

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence says there’s “strong evidence” and “significant intelligence” indicating that Russia is behind the hacked emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff.

The comments are in contrast to assertions by his running mate, Donald Trump, who claims the U.S. has “no idea” who is behind the email hacks. The U.S. intelligence community has blamed Moscow, stating that “based on the scope and sensitivity” of the hacking, “only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”

In an interview Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Pence said “there’s certainly strong evidence (to) that effect.”

He said if he and Trump are elected, they would “follow the facts.” Pence added: “Certainly there’s going to be very strong consequences if any state actor is involved.”

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7:30 a.m.

Republican Mike Pence says he’s grateful for the “quick action” of his pilot and first responders when his campaign plane slid off a runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

No one was injured in the incident Thursday. Pence told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he felt the plane fishtail after a hard landing.

He said, “just for a few seconds, you could feel us bouncing off. And with mud splattered up on the windows, we figured we were off the runway.”

Pence said first responders were “on the scene at LaGuardia before the aircraft even came to a halt.”

The plane was coming to New York from Fort Dodge, Iowa.

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