Donald Trump’s refusal to say he would accept the results of the presidential election exposed a divide with Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, who told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer before the debate “we’ll certainly accept the outcome.”
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told CNN’s Dana Bash after the debate that Trump will “accept the results of the election because he’s going to win the election.”
Trump’s refusal could become a defining moment of the campaign. It marked an extraordinary departure from one of the most fundamental principles of American democracy: the peaceful transfer of power after an election. The candidates avoided shaking hands at the debate.
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