- Tim Kaine said at the vice presidential debate that Mike Pence has been too praiseworthy of Putin
- That's an ongoing Democratic charge against GOP nominee Donald Trump
"You guys love Russia," Kaine said. "Gov. Pence said inarguably Vladimir Putin is a better leader than President (Barack) Obama."
Pence denied the charge, saying: "That is absolutely inaccurate. I said he's been stronger on the world stage."
In fact, Pence told CNN's Dana Bash in September: "I think it's inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country."
Trump has repeatedly praised Putin as well, saying at NBC's "Commander-in-Chief Forum" last month, Putin "has very strong control over a country," even if he does not agree with the way the country is governed.
"Now, it's a very different system, and I don't happen to like the system," Trump said. "Certainly, in that system, he's a been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader."