Mike Pence,the Republican vice presidential candidate, recently clarified that Donald Trump’s campaign party did not invite Gennifer Flowers to attend the first leg of the U.S. presidential debate on Monday. Rumors of Flowers’ attendance emerge after it was revealed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff invited Mark Cuban to the debate.
During the weekend, Trump’s Twitter page fired off a tweet about sitting Flowers next to Cuban at the debate. This was considered by many as a move by the Republican candidate to throw of his rival since Flowers is known to have had an affair with Bill Clinton in 1992, before his presidential campaign began.
Apparently, the tweet was in response to the revelation that Hillary’s camp invited Cuban to sit at the front row for the debate. Cuban, the business mogul and owner of the NBA franchise the Dallas Mavericks, is regarded as a very vocal critic of Trump.
On Sunday, Pence clarified that Flowers will not be at the debate on Monday.
“Gennifer Flowers will not be there,” he told Fox News Sunday.
The Indiana governor and vice presidential hopeful explained that the tweet was only meant to mock the efforts of Clinton’s camp in inviting Cuban.
“Donald Trump was using the tweet yesterday really to mock an effort by Hillary Clinton and her campaign to really distract attention from what the American people are going to be focused tomorrow night, which is on the issues, on the choice that we face,” Pence said.
Kellyanne Conway, the campaign manager of Trump, also explained that the candidate’s camp did not send out a formal invitation to Flowers. She also said that the party doesn’t believe that Flowers will attend the debate as a guest of Trump, CNN reported.
The first installment of the presidential debate between Clinton and Trump will be held on Sept. 26 at the Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The second debate for the presidential nominees is scheduled on Oct. 9 at Missouri’s Washington University in St. Louis.