Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Virginia Senator Time Kaine, running mates of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, respectively, went head-to-head in the vice presidential debate of the 2016 elections at Longwood University in Farmville.
The vice presidential nominees debated on a number of topics – including abortion, Clinton’s use of private server, nuclear proliferation and Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns.
Vice Presidential Debate: Indiana Gov Mike Pence vs Virginia Sen Tim Kaine
Kaine, Clinton’s running mate, seemed the more aggressive of the two, as was indicated by his repeated interruptions attacking the Republican presidential nominee over his praise for Russian president Vladimir Putin, derogatory comments about Mexicans and women, and endorsement of nuclear proliferation.
Pence, whose tone was more measured and calmer, said Kaine’s claims were an “avalanche of insults.”
Kaine, in criticizing Trump, invoked former president Ronald Reagan, who said that with nuclear proliferation “some fool or maniac could trigger a catastrophic event.”
Kaine, suggesting Trump, said, “I think that’s who Gov. Pence’s running mate is.”
Kaine also targeted Trump on the topic of abortion, asking Pence why the Republican presidential nominee previously made comments saying women could be subjected to “punishment” for having an abortion. In response, Pence said, “He is not a polished politician like you and Hillary Clinton.”
As reported by BBC, the debate also moved in the direction of Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns. While the business mogul said he is not disclosing his tax returns because of an audit, there are speculations that he may not have paid taxes for the last 18 years.
Vice Presidential Debate: Mike Pence has narrow advantage over Tim Kaine.
Pence said Trump had “used the tax code just the way it’s supposed to be used, and he did it brilliantly.” To this, Kaine replied, “I guess all of us who do [pay taxes] are stupid?”
A CNN/ORC poll revealed Pence had a narrow advantage by the end of the vice presidential debate; gaining on Kaine 48 percent to 42 percent, with a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.
In a survey that asked voters who the debate made them more likely to vote for, 29 percent stood for Trump while 18 percent for Clinton; 53 percent said they weren’t changed by the outcome of the debate.