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Tim Kaine Regrets Not Attacking Mike Pence on LGBT Rights

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The vice president responded to critics, largely LGBTs, who were insulted that the governor’s record of LGBT discrimination wasn’t brought up.

Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine missed his chance to call out his opponent, Gov. Mike Pence, on his abysmal record on LGBT rights during Tuesday night's debate.

And LGBT voters noticed.

But the Virginia senator appeared on CNN and directly talked about why LGBT rights did not come up on the debate.

"Well, it is the case that there was no question that was asked that dealt with Governor Pence or just the issue of LGBT equality," Kaine said.

Kaine seemed to admit slightly that he should have talked LGBT rights with the Indiana governor, who notoriously passed a "religious liberty" law that allowed businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers and employees.

"That was an opportunity," Kaine said. "I would have loved to have had a 93-minute debate instead of a 90-minute debate."

CBS News' Elaine Quijano, who moderated the debate, did ask a question about what conflict the candidates had faced between personal faith and politics. Kaine spoke about enforcing the death penalty as governor of Virginia. Pence talked about his anti-abortion stance, which is possibly worse than his stance on LGBT rights.

On CNN, Kaine maintained his and Hillary Clinton's commitment to supporting LGBTs.

"Hillary and I are strongly for LGBT equality, including marriage equality, and a Trump-Pence ticket is deeply against it, especially Gov. Pence."

Watch Kaine's response below.

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