HENDERSON, Nev., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Donald Trump on Wednesday said he is not sure what kind of relationship he would have with Russian President Vladimir Putin if the Republican is elected president.
During that debate, Trump's running mate Gov. Mike Pence backed away from Trump's previous praise for Putin, calling the Russian president a "small and bullying leader."
Speaking before an estimated crowd of 7,000 in Henderson, Nev., a Las Vegas suburb, Trump said he could not predict the type of relationship he would have with Putin.
"I don't love [Putin], I don't hate. We'll see how it works. We'll see," Trump said. "Maybe we'll have a good relationship. Maybe we'll have a horrible relationship. Maybe we'll have a relationship right in the middle."
In the past, Pence has defended Trump's praise of Putin, though he did not do so on Tuesday after Kaine accused Trump of calling Putin a "great leader."
In the wake of an NBC forum in September, in which Trump was asked about his embrace of Putin, whose nation is frequently at odds with American interests on the world stage, Pence praised Putin.
"I think it's inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country," he said.