Running mates of the two parties – Tim Kaine for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and Governor Mike Pence for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump – will go head-to-head in the first vice presidential debate on October 4.
The debate will be held at Longwood University and will run from 9 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., according to uspresidentialelectionnews.com. Meanwhile, Elaine Quijano of CBS News has been selected as the moderator for the event, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Vice presidential debate: ‘Pennsylvania always key’
On Thursday, Pence paid a visit to central Pennsylvania to gather support for the Republican nominees, FOX 43 reports. “If you go make sure Pennsylvania is ready, we will elect Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America, and we will make America great again. Let’s go get it done Pennsylvania,” Pence said.
Pennsylvania will play a critical role in the election – a state Trump will seek to have in his favor. “Pennsylvania is always a key, because it’s such a split decision. In Pennsylvania, with Republican and Democrat,” Buy Local Coalition co-founder Marc Ungar said. “Now it’s just the middle of the road parties, that it makes a big difference.”
Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, said that this time, he will face a double challenge at the debate – contesting against Pence and the Trump-Pence ticket, as reported by CNN.
Vice presidential debate: Debating Mike Pence and Trump-Pence ticket
“I’ve been in elected life for 22 years, it’s not knowing another fact, but it is about thinking hard about the material, thinking hard about Pence’s record, and also what Pence’s record would say about the guy who chose him, since it really is more about Donald Trump than it is about Gov. Pence.”
The vice presidential debate is the first and only debate of the 2016 presidential elections for the two nominees. Hosted at the Longwood University in Farmville, the debate will feature nine parts lasting 10 minutes each wherein a specific topic will be debated. Each candidate will be allowed two minutes to answer.
Major television networks will broadcast the event, including C-SPAN, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. In addition, ABC News will stream the debate live online.