2016 Election: Vice Presidential Debate

Tonight is the vice presidential debate between Democratic nominee Senator Tim Kaine (VA) and Republican nominee Governor Mike Pence (IN). Most reporters are expecting this to be a boring affair rather than the one between the main contenders that elicited responses from the audience that had been instructed not too react. No one expects that tonight, despite the differences between them.

After 16 months of the political equivalent of Burning Man, voters will likely get a night at the bingo hall Tuesday when the two vice presidential candidates debate in what many expect to be a drowsy affair.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) represent perhaps the blandest pair of veep candidates in a generation. Neither is well-known to voters, and both men have folksy, ho-hum dispositions that make them easy to overlook in the current political climate. But their meeting in Farmville, Virginia, is still a matter of interest, and not just because their running mates aren’t exactly the picture of youth (one recently had a bout of pneumonia, and the other is an overweight 70-year-old man clearly suffering from sleep deprivation).

Vice presidential debates, by definition, are a second-string event. And they’re always scheduled between presidential debates, which tend to overshadow them. But they can affect an election just the same. [..]

For Pence, a man who has forsworn negative ads and built his reputation on Christian conservatism, playing the kind of pugilistic role that Biden assumed in 2012 might prove to be a challenge. But it’s the challenge he bears, with the Trump campaign still reeling from a disastrous first debate.

With Kaine, the objective ― beyond simply demonstrating his competence on the national stage ― is less clear. Democrats expect him to continue putting the spotlight on Donald Trump’s blemishes, defend Hillary Clinton from the inevitable attacks and leave the stage unscathed.

It will be tricky. It could produce drama. But it also could very well be forgettable.

Boring or not, you need to watch this. It’s an important debate

 

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    • TMC on October 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm
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    We begin with the introduction of the moderator, CBSN anchor Elaine Quijano, giving a brief outlineof the debate rules and instructing the audience to shut off their cell phones and not react to the candidates.

    • TMC on October 4, 2016 at 9:11 pm
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    Introductory question is basically what are your qualifications to be president if something happens. Neither had great answers, mostly talking points.

    • TMC on October 4, 2016 at 9:16 pm
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    Kaine asked about Hillary’s trustworthiness and truthfulness.

    Pense asked about Trump’s negative numbers.starts trashing Hillary’s tenure as Secreatry of State

    Kaine started interrupts and defends her with facts.

    • TMC on October 4, 2016 at 9:18 pm
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    Next question is on the economy.

    Pense brags about his tenure as governor, criticizes Hillary’s policy

    • TMC on October 4, 2016 at 9:19 pm
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    Kaine lays out economic plan to build the economy

    • TMC on October 4, 2016 at 9:28 pm
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    This has turned into a bickering match

    • TMC on October 4, 2016 at 9:29 pm
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    Next topic is policing and race relations

    • TMC on October 4, 2016 at 9:33 pm
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    Kaine; We support the police. Use community policing to improve relations and close background checks for gun purchases

    Pense: Babbles

    • TMC on October 4, 2016 at 9:39 pm
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    Immigration reform

    • TMC on October 4, 2016 at 10:04 pm
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    The monderator has no control o this debate.

    Topic is Syrai and they are all over the map

    • TMC on October 4, 2016 at 10:29 pm
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    Abortion

    • TMC on October 4, 2016 at 10:36 pm
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    Neither candidate changed anyone’s mind and it’s doubtful they moved any undecided

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