Nobody expects Tuesday’s vice presidential debate to be watched by the 84 million who watched Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at last Monday’s first 2016 presidential debate. But there are plenty of reasons to watch Tim Kaine and Mike Pence at the vice presidential debate this Tuesday. We found a few articles to tell you why.

Wall Street Journal points out that the debate will make news—for days.

Don’t believe anyone who says that the VP debate doesn’t matter. . . Their debate is likely to drive coverage for days. This is the first interaction between two candidates who have not run for national office before.

Both are former governors with records in Congress, but both also have to demonstrate their fitness to serve a heartbeat away from the highest office in the land. Mr. Pence has the opportunity to demonstrate his policy chops and provide reassurance to voters who may worry about Mr. Trump’s resume. In addition to his considerable experience as a governor and U.S. senator, Mr. Kaine knows Mrs. Clinton well and can serve as a character witness.

If nothing else, voters will be getting our first look at two potential future presidents as they compete on behalf of their running mates and strive to make a good first impression on the national stage.

The New York Daily News says Mike Pence’ main job will be to deflect attacks on Trump, and to hit Hillary, instead.

Mike Pence’s primary goal during Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate against Tim Kaine will be to “quickly dismiss attacks” against Donald Trump, one of the prospective No. 2’s advisers said Sunday.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has been helping Pence prepare for the debate told John Catsimatidis on his “Cats Roundtable” radio program on AM 970 that he was getting his fellow Midwestern Republican ready for “shot after shot after shot at Donald Trump” from Kaine.

“I think Mike Pence will need to come in and quickly dismiss those attacks and pivot to the problem of Hillary Clinton,” Walker, who is reported to have been playing Kaine during Pence’s mock debates, said. “And there are many.”

Yes, the focus will be on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Why?

According to a ABC News/Social Science Research Solutions survey out Sunday, more than 40% of voters said they couldn’t name either vice president nominee.

Seriously, it should be worth watching. For one thing, you’ll find their styles are very different from those at the top of the ticket.

If you’re tempted to skip this week’s vice presidential debate because Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won’t be there, you might want to reconsider. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana are amiable fellows who rarely throw a first punch, but don’t hold that against them. Both have had experience in the debate ring and know how to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

People vote for the top of the ticket, but whoever becomes vice president likely will do a lot more than attend the funerals of world leaders. Plus, one of the men onstage at Longwood University on Tuesday night might be president someday. Fourteen veeps have become president, eight after the death of the sitting president. . .

Pence, after losing one of the nastiest congressional races in Indiana history, once wrote an essay titled, “Confessions of a Negative Campaigner,” in which he stated, “Negative campaigning is wrong.”

Asked how he could square that view with Trump’s campaign style, Pence told Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week”: “Things are a little different here in Indiana than they are in New York City. People talk a little different than they do sometimes about things.”

Raddatz then asked Kaine about Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment when she said some of Trump’s supporters are “irredeemable.” Was that word appropriate?

“That’s not a word I would use. I wouldn’t use it,” Kaine said, although he added, “I think we would be unrealistic to think that some people are going to fundamentally change their view.”

In fact, Bustle gives you seven reasons to watch.

The vice presidential debate will be on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and you’re going to need to watch it.. . .

1. Let’s Face It, We Don’t Know Much About Them. . .

2. They Have Their Own Positions, Too — Learn Them. . .

3. There’s A Chance They Could End Up As President. . .

4. There’s Only One VP Debate, So This Is Your Only Chance. . .

5. Elaine Quijano Is The First Asian-American Moderator Of A General Election Debate. . .

6. You’ll Get To See The Other Side Of The Trump Ticket. . .

7. … And The Other Side Of The Clinton Ticket

Newsmax says the debate will be important for the campaign, but also for the vice presidential candidate, personally.

“Representing the candidate in a debate as the vice-presidential pick is a pretty tough assignment,” [said Joel Goldstein, the country’s premier scholar on the office of the vice presidency at the University of St. Louis School of Law.] “You are not only talking about your views, but you really have to be conversational about the views and biographies of your candidate, defend them as well as yours and be able to effectively attack the views and biography of the other two.”

“It is a high-pressure kind of situation and a lot of information to not only store, but be able to use to your advantage. If you don’t do well you not only hurt the candidate, but also yourself,” he added. “But if you hit it out of the park, well, then, you are an invaluable asset.”. . .

Up until this point, both vice presidential candidates have been overshadowed by the uniqueness of both of the nominees — something that might change after Tuesday.

Bustle also says the debate will be important because the choice of running mate illustrates the presidential candidate’s true agenda, using LGBT issues as an example.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had a whopper of a presidential debate last week, and they’ll soon meet again. . .While it probably won’t get nearly as much attention as any of the Clinton-Trump slugfests, the vice presidential debate is just as important as the presidential forums, albeit in very different ways. . .

Trump, for instance, has quietly positioned himself as an LGBT-friendly Republican. . .
However. . .Pence has a long history as an anti-gay crusader, but that doesn’t quite capture the extent of his views on the matter. It’s not just that he’s opposed marriage equality, anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” . . .He also proposed eliminating funding for HIV treatment centers. . .Instead, Pence argued, this federal money should go to anti-gay conversion therapy groups. . .

And that’s why the VP debate matters. It’s the only time during the campaign that a spotlight is placed on the running mates’ positions, and this helps us contextualize the presidential candidates in new ways. Pence’s LGBT views are just one example; when the VP debate is over, we’ll have a better idea of where he and Kaine stand on any number of issues.

Pence may face questions about his support for NAFTA, according to Indianapolis Fox59. There should be a lot of issues the presidential candidates skipped.

One question that Gov. Mike Pence could face involves Trump’s position on NAFTA, after Trump blamed NAFTA for Carrier’s decision to leave Indianapolis for Mexico. While in Congress, Pence supported an expansion of NAFTA, a trade agreement that Trump has railed against on the campaign trail.

Pence denounced NAFTA conspiracy theorists in the 90s.

In a 1995 interview, Mike Pence echoed then President Bill Clinton’s call in denouncing the “promoters of paranoia” on the radio and singled out one radio host for promoting “one world government” conspiracies about the North America Free Trade Agreement. . .

Pence, who is now Donald Trump’s running mate, blasted one host by name, Stan Solomon, who he said promoted conspiracy theories about free trade.

“Stan Solomon is a talk radio host who trades in conspiracy theories, who trades in the idea that the North American Free Trade Agreement, or the general agreement on tariffs, are both part of a one world government conspiracy. While I don’t believe that is true, we just don’t want to fuel paranoid delusions.”

24 COMMENTS

  1. Let’s see now, “Mr. Kaine knows Mrs. Clinton well and can serve as a character witness.” Oh my, that should be interesting. Frack will serve as a character witness for Frick. Next!

    • I hope that Kaine not only carries himself in a respectable manner, and shows himself to be qualified for the job.
      I do hope he brings up Pence’s hate filled homophobic, bigoted, misogynistic ideals. I hope he brings up Pence’s religious freedom restoration law, and explains that it is really a legalization of descrimination. I hope he explains Pence’s stand against and wants to close down the only hope many low income women have for good healthcare. I hope that he is an led to show that what Pence calls family values are just thinly veiled hate crimes.
      I hope that he will represent both himself and Clinton as what they are, the only hope of success this country has.

      • LOLOL…..Another voice of the banal left that offers nothing but despair, lies, deceit and utter contempt for mainstream America.

        • You ave already proven what a brainless Trump follower that you are. Trump is your hero and Clinton is the devil personified?
          After all the accusations that your side threw at the Clinton Foundation, isn’t it ironic that the Trump Foundation has just been served with a cease and desist order for operating outside the law.
          Take a closer look at your hero. Yes, the one who has a history of one falsehood for every 3 1/4 minutes that he speaks.
          And that sniffing, that wasn’t just at the debate, it is every time speaks. Just saying, pressured speach, outrageous behaviors, up all night, tweeting, that sure looks like a cocaine nose to me.

          • If anyone is “brainless” is would be the brain dead followers of the so-called Democrat Party that has been infested and infected with Marxist ideological nonsense. I am not a Trump stalwart, but it is obvious you are a “Clinton Clown.”

            • It’s not the “so-called Democrat Party.” It’s been the “Democratic Party” since Jefferson. In fact, to identify the parties, the official ballot used to have Lincoln and Eisenhower for the Republicans, and Jefferson and JFK for the Democrats.

            • It’s interesting that literally no Republican voter seems to know the name of the other major party. I wonder why that is. Hmm.

            • It was interesting to find through D’Souza’s excellent recent documentary “Hillary’s America” the truth about that party, and the history dates clear back to Jackson. It is the party of racism to include the KKK, attempted preservation of slavery and even MLK was a Republican. I’m grateful to have been able to vote GOP since my first ballot back in 1973. The party of Lincoln and Reagan is well worth our support.

            • But what do you do, now that all those old Southern Democrats became Republicans? Likewise, KKK–What do you do about David Duke?

        • If anyone is brainless, it is the brain dead followers of the so-called Democat Psrty that has been infested with Marxist nonsense.

      • That does not surprise me in the least, most of those clowns in the Senate look out for each other as part of their duty to screw the nation.

  2. Meh. I’m not stoked. Kaine is a fairly solid, centrist politician. Pence is a religious fundamentalist and a fascist who supports all of the most extreme positions of tea party style Republicans. It will be another debate in which a normal human being tries to reason with a mental 5 year old with delusions of grandeur.

    Also, watch Trump supporters explode in racist twitter comments against the moderator. I’m calling it right now.

    • Personal observation. If Kaine is a “centrist ” politician, then the sun will go nova tomorrow at dawn.

      • American conservatives have a hopelessly skewed understanding of the political left-right spectrum. This is not news. In reality, Kaine is a centrist politician.

        But by all means, let’s talk policy. Why do you believe that Kaine is not centrist in his ideology?

          • I understand that you are a hopeless addict to the propaganda spewed by the so-called “democratic party.”

            • Wow, you got it right, Democratic. It’s not ropaganda if you can back t up. You seem to think that the party sends out memos and that is all the information that we have. My knowledge of the candidates and the issues is drawn from wide variety of sources, including paying attention to world news and events all of the time, not just during the election cycle.
              If,on the other hand, you get all your information from the candidate, his surrogates, your church, and your wacky right wing talk radio and websites. I can see why you are I ignorant. After all information gotten from man who is proven to utter one lie for each three and one quarter minutes of speech is not very reliable.
              You can insult, sputter and name all all you want, until you come up with some facts you will convince no one. Politics is not religion, here we need facts, we have faith in only those, like Hillary Clinton, who have already proven themselves.

        • I have a much better understanding of the political spectrum than you think and if you think you are going to intimidate me, think again.

      • All these demotards here devote time to criticize Donald Trump but have not one good accomplishment by Mrs. Clinton to show us. While Donald Trump shows his face to the world saying truths that everyone must know but are cowards to say, let alone to do something about it.
        If I expected these zombies here to learn anything (and I wanted to take the time which I don’t) I could certainly show them ALL the beastly things Mrs. Clinton has done (still doing) suffice it to know only of her murdering 4 people in Benghazi and others who were to declare her doings in Court. The list is too long. Hope they read it by Googling it.

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