Kaine and Pence clash in vice presidential debate
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. –