Fact-checking Mike Pence's Claims at Debate on Clinton's Foreign Policy

Donald Trump's running-mate made some bold statements about Hillary Clinton's foreign policy. But do his claims stack up with the facts?

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U.S. Governor Mike Pence speaks during his debate against Senator Tim Kaine at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, U.S., October 4, 2016.
U.S. Governor Mike Pence speaks during his debate against Senator Tim Kaine at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, U.S., October 4, 2016.Credit: Kevin Lamarque, Reuters
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the running mates of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump respectively, met Tuesday night for in Farmville, Virginia.

During the debate, Pence made some bold statements about the foreign policy of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. How do his claims stack up with the facts?

Pence: Hillary Clinton was the "architect of the Obama administration's foreign policy." 

The facts: As U.S. secretary of state, Clinton helped seal a nuclear arms-control treaty and secure Russia's acquiescence to a NATO-led military intervention in Libya. 

Pence: The Middle East is "spinning out of control" and the ongoing crisis in Syria was the result of a "failed and weak foreign policy that Hillary Clinton helped lead" in the Obama administration." Moreover, he said that that U.S. President Barack Obama and Clinton gave Russia room to launch its aggressive moves in Ukraine.

The facts: Clinton pushed for increased U.S. intervention after Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against rebels. But Obama is the commander in chief and nothing has swayed him thus far.

Clinton and her supporters say she would be far tougher on Moscow than Trump, whose unusual foreign policy statements include musings about NATO's relevance and suggestions that he could accept Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

On Russia,  By comparison, Republican Donald Trump has rung alarm bells in Washington and Europe with his overtures to Russia's authoritarian leader.

"You guys love Russia," Kaine said, reminding Pence that he and Trump have praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as a great leader.

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