Float Like a Butterfly
Mike Pence's explanation of Donald Trump's stated positions goes like this:
Trump said A.
Kain says Trump said A.
Pence says Trump did not say A, but even if he did, he is unpolished. He did not mean it, but if he did mean it, he does not mean it anymore, not really.
But, Sting Like a Bee - You and Hillary are crafty, polished politicians that no one can trust.
Did you catch that pivot - It's Not Me, It's You!
This Deny, Deflect, Confuse, Accuse combination is a frequent tool of Trump/Pence. The move is so rapid that even when the press sees the pivot and focuses on the last punch - the accusation. The roll-right-over press is evolving after the birther insult - Insult the President, Insult the Nation - OK that's fine, but if you dare insult us, the press, we will say, "wait a second, was that possibly a boldfaced lie?"
Mike Pence is effectively claiming that he is not lying even if what he says is untrue, at least in his book, because he is capturing some vague, but essential truth that is not easily expressed. But will the press ever ask - "How can we have a President and Vice President of the U.S. who are so vague? No, of course not, because the question is so vague sounding. The press can only ask whether a candidate is lying or not because truth and falsehood can be rendered in black and white, even when the context is more shades of gray and even when degree matters.
Trump used the "it's not me, it's you" in the first debate, accusing Hillary of a "temperament" which was so surprising that it was met with laughter.
Pence had a ready deflection as a defense for Trump's history of brutal insults. "Hillary does it, too" when she called out about half of Trump supporters "deplorables". Never mind that the 50/50 remark allows plenty of room for anyone who does not want to feel insulted to consider themselves in the better half.