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▪ “It’s inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country.” — GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence.

Pence was attempting to defend Donald Trump’s assertion that Putin has been more of a leader in his country than Obama has been here. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, tried to avoid commenting on the issue. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican and Trump critic, said the GOP nominee’s claim “unnerves me to my core.”

▪ “Chris Koster will probably keep lying.” — Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens in a new TV ad in which he addresses the Democratic nominee by name.

Greitens was responding to a pair of Koster ads that criticize Greitens’ six-figure salary at The Mission Continues, an organization that seeks to get veterans involved with volunteer jobs. The race has entered a new, more aggressive phase.

▪ “If we don’t invest at a level that gives people confidence that we’re funding a quality public education system, then people look at leaving, not coming.” — former Kansas Gov. John Carlin, a Democrat, during a debate with former House Speaker Mike O’Neal about the size of government.

The conversation was for KCUR’s Statehouse Blend podcast. O’Neal, who was House speaker when Gov. Sam Brownback signed his deep 2012 tax cuts, insisted that lower taxes stimulate the economy.

▪ You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic -- you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.” — Hillary Clinton on Donald Trump’s backers.

Trump’s campaign responded by saying Clinton had insulted millions of Americans.