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Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence answers a questions as Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine listens during the vice-presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Taking a cue from Trump, Pence went after Kaine for his preparedness during the VP debate


Watch  | Mike Pence makes fun of Tim Kaine for preparing for the debate. 

Preparedness: Not a virtue? 

There's no such thing as being over-prepared -- or is there?

For Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence, there certainly is.

At both the first presidential debate last week and at Tuesday night's vice-presidential debate, the Republican nominees went after their Democratic opponents for their apparent preparedness, calling them out on multiple occasions for practicing their lines and re-using phrases.  

'You use that a whole lot'

At Tuesday's vice-presidential debate, there were at least two instances where Pence called out Kaine for using prepared remarks. 

The first came when Kaine was discussing the economy. "Do you want a 'you're hired' president in Hillary Clinton, or a 'you're fired' president in Donald Trump?" Kaine asked, using a line he and Clinton frequently deploy on the campaign trail. 

"I appreciated the 'you're hired, you're fired thing,' Senator. You use that a whole lot," Pence said. 

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"And I think your running mate uses a lot of pre-done lines," Pence added.

'Did you work on that one a long time?'

The second time came after Kaine delivered a long critique of Trump, honing in on the Republican nominee's past comments in which he said he might not have a problem with other nations getting nuclear weapons.

In response, Pence delivered this zinger:

"Did you work on that one a long time? Because that had a lot of really creative lines in it."

The line of attack follows a bit of a pattern for Pence and his running mate.

In the presidential debate last week, Trump criticized Clinton "staying home" to prepare for the event rather than being out on the campaign trail. 

Clinton -- perhaps ironically -- was prepared with a zinger of her own: 

"I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president."

For some, the line of attack indicates that Trump doesn't value preparedness. 

Trump values going 'off-script'

In some ways, however, the line of attack makes sense. Trump, after all, has build his campaign on his unexpected and often-times off-the-cuff remarks.

Just last weekend, for instance, Trump received significant press attention for going "off-script" at a rally in Pennsylvania.

As chronicled by Washington Post reporter Jenna Johnson, Trump " took a nearly 20-minute-long break" from his prepared remarks to tackle topics like his relationship with Vladmir Putin, his temperament, and his 'bum mic' at the first presidential debate.

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