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Trump jokes he'll blame Pence if he loses the election

If anyone was left wondering whether Donald Trump was ever going to execute that general election pivot, his farewell speech in Cleveland on Friday answered that question with a definitive "no." In a decidedly more off-the-cuff speech than the one he gave Thursday night when he accepted the Republican presidential nomination, Trump thanked the people of Cleveland for hosting the Republican National Convention before taking a (loving?) swing at his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Trump jokingly suggested that, since he "ran as an outsider" in the primaries before adding "guys like Mike Pence," he'll know exactly who to blame if Hillary Clinton wins in November. "If I don't win, I'm gonna blame, Mike, right!" Trump said, as Pence stood directly behind him. "We have to blame Mike!"

Watch Pence try to laugh off the comment, below. Becca Stanek