Mike Pence Defends Donald Trump's Campaign Rhetoric on '60 Minutes'

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"Donald Trump's candidacy has been about the issues the American people care about," said the GOP presidential candidate's newly named running mate.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence answered questions about Donald Trump's negative campaigning on Saturday, calling the presumptive GOP nominee "a good man who's been talking about the issues the American people care about."

Pence, now presumptive vice presidential nominee, joined Trump for their first-ever joint interview on 60 Minutes, taped Saturday. 

During the episode, set to air Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS, Trump and Pence sat down with Lesley Stahl in Trump's New York residence to discuss Trump's campaign as they head into the Republican National Convention, which gets underway Monday.

is a great man and he will make a great president of the United States of America," the Indiana governor said at an announcement event on Saturday in New York."]

Stahl mentioned Pence's previous comments that "negative campaigning is wrong," and asked him about what he thought of Trump's campaign so far, with his name-calling at rivals Ted Cruz ("Lyin' Ted") and Hillary Clinton ("Crooked Hillary").

"On the essay that I wrote a long time ago," Pence responded, "I said campaigns ought to be about something more important than just one candidate's election. And this campaign and Donald Trump's candidacy has been about the issues the American people care about.

"They want leadership in Washington, D.C., that will solve problems," added Pence, before Trump stepped in to clarify their new team dynamic.

"We're different people," said Trump. "Hillary Clinton is a crook. I call her 'Crooked Hillary' ... but I don't think he should do it because it's different for him," he added, explaining that he and Pence approach that part of the campaign differently. 

Trump named Pence his vice presidential running mate on Friday via Twitter, after he announced that he would postpone the formal press conference due to the attack in Nice, France. 

Watch the 60 Minutes segment here