On Sunday, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine stopped by CNN's State of the Union to chat with Jake Tapper about tonight's presidential debate, as well as the instantly infamous audio recording of Donald Trump making lewd comments to Access Hollywood host Billy Bush in 2005.
"His statement trying to say I regret these words - it's not just words", Kaine told Tapper. But I think the tape raises an terrible lot of questions. "It's really for Donald Trump to answer and take responsibility", Mr. Kaine said.
He argued that the video - in which Trump asserts that he can be sexually aggressive with women because he is a celebrity - demonstrates "much more than words".
Tapper pressed Kaine on a specific email that depicted Clinton saying she dreamed of open borders within a "hemispheric common market" during a private speech to Wall Street executives in 2013.
Clinton has remained mum on the topic since the audiotapes were released.
Asked about the latter assertion, attributed to a Clinton appearance before the US arm of a Brazilian banking group in 2013, Kaine declined to say whether the comment was accurate. "Anybody who hacks in to get documents is completely capable of manipulating them", the vice presidential candidate said. She has been preparing for the debate near her home in Westchester, New York, and has not publicly spoken since the news broke.
"Well, you could ask her", suggested Tapper. Kaine answered that there were thousands of emails purported to come from the account of campaign chairman John Podesta and insisted that the campaign should not give in to Russian attempts to influence the election through hacks.
Kaine said the campaign favors trade deals that help and protect jobs, wages and national security, and an immigration plan that includes border security.