WATCH: Tim Kaine cuts off Pence quoting Mother Teresa on abortion
FARMVILLE, Virginia, October 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Mike Pence wasn’t the only person cut off by Senator Tim Kaine’s multiple interruptions; the senator also talked over a quote of the newly canonized Mother Teresa.
After noting Senator Kaine’s frequent flip-flops on the Hyde amendment, Governor Pence said, “We can create a culture of life. More and more young people today are embracing life, because we know we're better for it. We can, like Mother Teresa said at that famous national prayer breakfast – ”
Just then, Tim Kaine tried to change the subject, interjecting, “This is important….”
It is clear why Kaine, a Catholic who said he “follow the teachings of my church in my own personal life,” might want to change the topic.
During the 1994 National Prayer Breakfast, Mother Teresa called abortion “a war against the child,” “murder,” and “the greatest destroyer of love and peace” in the world.
“I will tell you something beautiful,” said the tiny, frail nun who was canonized a saint by the Vatican last month. “We are fighting abortion by adoption - by care of the mother and adoption for her baby.”
“Please don't kill the child. I want the child,” she implored mothers and the political leaders in attendance, including then-first lady Hillary Clinton.
Gov. Pence continued, saying that a life-affirming culture would understand “families that can't have children can adopt more readily those children from crisis pregnancies.”
Kaine then completed the thought he deemed important, asking, “Governor, why don't you trust women to make this choice for themselves?”
The exchange takes place at 8:00 in the video above.
Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, likened Sen. Kaine’s stance to that of another influential Catholic who supported abortion-on-demand:
Interruptions and crosstalk were the debate’s hallmark. Tim Kaine interrupted Mike Pence 79 times according to MSNBC, more than 60 times according to Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight, or 39 times according to other media outlets – approximately once every 90 seconds. That compares to Pence, who spoke over Kaine 57 times (MSNBC), 39 “fleeting interjections” (Silver), or 19 interruptions. This morning, Steve Forbes likened Kaine’s performance to Joe Biden, who interrupted Paul Ryan 85 times during the 2012 vice presidential debate.
A CNN poll taken after the debate found that most people believe Pence won the contest.