Kaine and Pence clash in vice pres­i­den­tial de­bate

The Myanmar Times - - World -

VICE pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls Tim Kaine and Mike Pence launched into their only de­bate of the cam­paign, clash­ing on the rep­u­ta­tions, ex­pe­ri­ences and poli­cies of their bosses chas­ing the White House.

Demo­crat Mr Kaine and Repub­li­can Mr Pence squared off to high­light their ca­pa­bil­i­ties as the men who could be a heart­beat away from the pres­i­dency, but es­sen­tially they were on stage fight­ing a proxy war for their run­ning mates less than five weeks be­fore Elec­tion Day.

Mr Kaine, a US se­na­tor from Vir­ginia, pro­moted him­self as a deeply ex­pe­ri­enced lo­cal, state and na­tional politi­cian who would be the “right-hand per­son” for Ms Clin­ton, whom he de­scribed as trust­wor­thy and more than ca­pa­ble in the role of com­man­der-in-chief.

“The thought of Donald Trump as com­man­der-in-chief scares us to death,” Mr Kaine said.

“I can’t imag­ine how Gov­er­nor Pence can de­fend the in­sult-driven, self­ish, mefirst style of Donald Trump,” Mr Kaine said, vo­cal­is­ing his pri­mary strat­egy of forc­ing Mr Pence to the back foot about the brash Repub­li­can bil­lion­aire at ev­ery turn.

An im­per­turbable Mr Pence, the gov­er­nor of In­di­ana and a Chris­tian con­ser­va­tive, calmly shot back.

“You would know a lot about an in­sult-driven cam­paign,” he said, high­light­ing Ms Clin­ton’s re­lent­less crit­i­cism of Mr Trump and how she painted half of her Repub­li­can ri­val’s sup­port­ers as “de­plorables”.

“We see en­tire por­tions of the world, par­tic­u­larly the wider Mid­dle East, spin­ning out of con­trol. The sit­u­a­tion we’re watch­ing hour by hour in Syria to­day is the re­sult of the weak for­eign pol­icy that Hil­lary Clin­ton helped lead in this ad­min­is­tra­tion and cre­ate.”

For many Amer­i­cans, this de­bate was their first pro­longed ex­po­sure to the men who would be next in line for the pres­i­dency if their side wins on Novem­ber 8. –

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