Did you watch the Vice Presidential Debate on Tuesday? No? Well, neither did anyone else. I totally get it. The two Vice Presidential are definitely not as entertaining as the two Presidential candidates–I mean, they are both career politicians who have (shockingly) never hosted any kind of reality TV show nor have been questioned by the FBI for their actions in office. They’re about as “white bread” as candidates come.
However, despite how boring the debate may have been, it is still an important part of the election process. Both of the individuals have the potential to be literally one heartbeat away from the presidency. So that being said, it is crucial that we have some kind of familiarity with both of the individuals…even if it is a little tedious.
First, we have Tim Kaine, a junior senator from Virgina and Hillary Clinton’s running mate for the Democratic Party. Throughout the debate, he made a few very good points and a got a couple good hits at his opponent. A personal favorite would be when he asked Mike Pence the following about abortion: “Why don’t you trust women? Why doesn’t Donald Trump trust women to make this choice for themselves?” A very good question indeed, senator.
Next, we have Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana and Donald Trump’s running mate for the Republican Party. Many news outlets touted him as the overall debate winner, although not by a landslide. It seemed clear, as conservative journalist Rod Dreher pointed out in a tweet Tuesday night, that “Pence’s slower speech [was] much more effective that Kaine’s rat-a-tat-tat.” His biggest struggle of the night was defending his running mate’s extremely controversial comments on women, Mexicans, immigrants, etc. Several times he simply claimed that Trump had never said those things…but fact checkers were quick to point that, uh, yes he did.
While this debate is unlikely to change anything, at least now you have a brief idea of who the vice presidential candidates are. Because, ya know, they could run our country. Good luck America.