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2020 vice presidential debate

Pence evades Roe v. Wade question by bringing up Soleimani, praising Barrett

Vice President Mike Pence made it clear Tuesday night during the vice presidential debate that he is "pro-life" and "won't apologize for it." But he was more evasive on an earlier question about whether he would support his home state of Indiana banning all abortions, should Roe v. Wade get overturned by the Supreme Court.

Pence began using his response time by addressing a topic related to a previous question — the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, which was ordered by President Trump earlier this year — and then, when turning back to the more recent query, he altered the topic slightly to praise Judge Amy Coney Barrett, whose nomination for the Supreme Court has raised speculation about the fate of Roe. But the vice president never explicitly addressed his stance on the matter. Tim O'Donnell