Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, is taking a very un-Trump like approach to the vice presidential debate.
The debate, airing from Virginia’s Longwood University, begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. And in the first CBS News poll taken since that debate, Clinton now has a four-point lead nationally over her Republican rival.
Even after the 2008 debate that pitted Biden and the high-wattage Sarah Palin against each other – drawing almost 70 million viewers – voter preference remained relatively unchanged. But just as easily, opponent Kaine could frame the ruling as evidence that Pence’s policies in his own state have been unpopular.
Governor Mike Pence delivered some scathing opinions during the Republican presidential primary. Pence is a former radio host, and Kaine is a former Harvard-trained trial lawyer. He recounted to an audience in Dayton, Ohio, that Clinton “started making fun of me because I was sitting reading endless debate prep memos”. But Tuesday night’s head-to-head between Democratic Virginia senator Tim Kaine and intensely homophobic (not to mention misogynstic, transphobic, and xenophobic) IN governor Mike Pence is not part of a typical election. Kaine can also emphasize his ability to coordinate with Congress for bipartisan consensus, while attacking Trump for his superficial approach to policy.
This is the first time the vast majority of Americans will even lay eyes on either Pence or Kaine.
Mr. Kaine enters the contest with strong headwinds – a solid performance by Mrs. Clinton in the first debate and an assist from the pro-Clinton New York Times’ story on a billion-dollar loss by Mr. Trump’s company in the mid-1990s.
Pence is a first-term governor of IN who previously served six terms IN Congress and is generally well-liked IN Republican circles.
On the ground here in Virginia I spent the last three days – two with my wife and kids, and Monday by myself – driving through a good chunk of Virginia, and it is a microcosm of what’s going on around the nation.
“I’m kinda over it”, said Kyle Martin.
“Fairfax County has a million people”.
He also denounced the media for what he believes is their bias against Trump.
Rodell Mollineau, a Democratic strategist at Rokk Solutions, predicts Pence will be a much better debater than Trump. Neither Pence nor Kaine draw attention like Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton usually do – and the ratings on television will reflect that.
Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith Freedom Coalition, said Pence’s asset will be convincing church-going Republicans of Trump’s allegiance.
That likely means more questions about Trump’s taxes and business dealings over the years given recent revelations and continuing focus on Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state, a decision that continues to haunt her on the question of trustworthiness with voters. He is also likely to be pressed on his views on abortion (Kaine is a practicing Catholic) and previous reports of the various gifts he accepted as governor of Virginia. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. As we know, Trump, and the Republicans, have been highly critical of the Clinton Foundation, run by the candidate’s husband and her daughter.
“Mike Pence comes well-prepared and ready to play”, Conway said. Perhaps, indeed, most will impress on that level in some way or form. “Mike Pence is an able guy”. Pence, for example, says it’s clear that human activity is affecting the climate while Trump has called global warming a hoax. Towery said. “How Pence deals with that is as important as anything else”.
“He thinks the world of Pence. I want to see proof, I want to see the real thing”. “Kaine needs to forcefully defend our nominee”. “Nothing wrong with having a few disagreements”.
“It’s a once in a lifetime experience”, said Longwood freshman Emily Davis, 18, from Gloucester – one of several hundred students who stayed in town to volunteer for the event. “It gives people a peace of mind”.