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Mike Pence Steps Up for Donald Trump

Donald Trump's VP nominee Mike Pence left no doubt that he was all-in on his running mate’s campaign on Monday, after rumors swirled that he might leave the ticket.

Speaking at a North Carolina rally, Pence met head-on the controversy over the inflammatory tape of Donald Trump making explicit comments about how easy it was to have sex with female fans.

“It’s been an interesting few days,” Pence conceded. “I joined this campaign in a heartbeat because you have nominated a man for president who never quits.”

Pence praised Trump as a fighter and a winner.

Pence said his running mate showed that he had “the humility to apologize,” and called the weekend ordeal a kind of redemption for Trump.

“You saw it last night on that debate stage,” he said. “He literally embodies the spirit of America. Strong, freedom-loving, independent, optimistic, and willing to fight every day for what he believes in and what makes this nation great.”

Pence said his running mate showed that he had “the humility to apologize,” and called the weekend ordeal a kind of redemption for Trump.

"We all fall short in the glory of God and there’s no one righteous other than the one,” he said.

“I don’t condone what was said and I spoke out against it,” Pence said. “But the other part of my faith is I believe in grace.”

“I believe in forgiveness,” Pence continued, adding that Trump had “shown the American people what’s in his heart.”

On Sunday, Pence's hometown paper the Indianapolis Star reported that his team was waiting to see how Trump performed in the debate and leaving Pence’s options open to possibly leave the ticket.

Trump came through with flying colors, and Pence flatly denied that he'd ever considered leaving the ticket. Trump spokesman Jason Miller said after the debate on Sunday that “there has never been a more united ticket,” and Pence tweeted a congratulations to Trump after the debate and added “proud to stand with you as we #MAGA.”