Mike Pence Walks Back Calling Putin a 'Stronger Leader' Than Obama

PHOTO: Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks to the Value Voters Summit in Washington, Sept. 10, 2016.PlayMolly Riley/AP Photo
WATCH Donald Trump and Mike Pence Sit Down With David Muir

Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence on Saturday walked back saying that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "stronger leader" than President Obama.

Interested in Mike Pence?

Add Mike Pence as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Mike Pence news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
Add Interest

"When Donald Trump and I said that the small and bullying president of Russia was a strong leader on the world stage, that wasn't an endorsement of Vladimir Putin, that was an indictment of the weak and feckless leadership of this president and [Hillary Clinton]," Pence said at the Liberty Farms Festival in Paris, Virginia.

He was responding directly to Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick Tim Kaine, who said Pence and Trump "need to be called out as unpatriotic" for their comments on Putin.

At a national security forum hosted by NBC earlier this week, Trump said Putin "has been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader," although he added that he doesn't "like" Russia's "very different system."

Asked on Thursday if he agrees with Trump, Pence told CNN, "I think it's inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country."