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Mike Pence is giving Trump supporters buyer's remorse

Ciro Scotti
Republican U.S. vice presidential nominee Governor Mike Pence discusses an issue with Democratic U.S. vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine (off camera) during their vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.
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In the aftermath of his strong debate performance against Democrat Tim Kaine, Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence is giving a lot of Donald Trump supporters a bad case of buyer's remorse.

A new poll says one out of three Trump backers now wish that the Indiana governor was at the top of the GOP ticket instead of in the second spot. According to the Politico/Morning Consult poll, 32 percent of Trump supporters say they would rather have Pence as president, while only 9 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters who would rather have Kaine. The post-debate survey of almost 2,000 registered voters was taken Oct. 5-6.

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Need to know: Mike Pence

Pence has gotten a lot of heat on social media for a comment he made during the debate in which he responded to a jab from Kaine about Trump calling many Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. "Senator, you've whipped out that Mexican thing again," Pence said.

#ThatMexicanThing is now a thing on Twitter and a punchline on TV comedy shows, and the words from the debate that seem to be sticking in the public's collective memory.

But what a lot of Republicans may remember most about the debate is how much more presidential Pence looked than their nominee.