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Watch 11-Year-Old Grill Mike Pence Over ‘Softening’ Trump Support

“I just wanted to see if he was actually with Trump, or if he was just sort of doing it for himself,” says Matthew Schricker

An 11-year-old boy asked Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence about his recent lackluster support for Donald Trump‘s “words and policies” during a town hall in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“I’ve been watching the news lately and I’ve been noticing lately that you’ve been kind of softening up on Mr. Trump’s policies and words,” Matthew Schricker asked. “Is this going to be your role in the administration?”

While the question surprised Pence at first, he laughed and insisted that he was proud to stand with Trump, saying they were “shoulder to shoulder in this campaign.”

Pence added, “Sometimes things don’t always come out like you mean and Donald Trump and I are absolutely determined to work together. We have different styles — you might have noticed that. I said at our convention, I said, ‘You know, we nominated someone larger than life, known for charisma.’ So they wanted to kind of balance the ticket.”

While Schricker’s question was precocious, according to CNN, the 11-year-old was specifically disappointed by Pence’s comments on Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims (last December, the Indiana governor called the plan “offensive and unconstitutional,” though he’s since softened his stance). Schricker had also taken issue with the Indiana governor’s comments about Gold Star parents, Khizr and Ghazala Khan: While Trump has openly feuded with the Khans, Pence wrote on Facebook Sunday “all Gold Star families, should be cherished.”

“I just wanted to see if was actually with Trump or if he was just like, or if he was just sort of doing it for himself,” Schricker said. “My concern was he wasn’t going full on on Trump’s views, and I was a little worried that he was softening up a little bit.”

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