2016 VEEP Debate Recap

Author: #NAMB Guest Author, Current Events/Politics

Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence faced off Tuesday night in the first and only VEEP debate of election season.

It came with a shred of the fanfare of Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s first debate, but was quite amusing in its own right – if not enlightening…

Were there any crazy moments?
Not a specific one, but the entire debate was a series of the two of them talking over one another, Pence making faces and shaking his head, Kaine nodding at nothing in particular, and moderator Elaine Quijano interrupting and admonishing them as if they were children misbehaving in class. The self-awareness of the candidates was mildly amusing, as they knew they were making a mockery of the debate but smiled and shrugged it off the whole time.

How much time was actually spent on their own records?
Virtually none. Pence dodged nearly every question about his record, and Kaine wasn’t really asked about his. One of these men could eventually lead the free world, and while it’s understandable that Vice Presidential debates focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates at the top of the ticket, it would’ve been good to have at least one portion dedicated to their own record and policy – especially since so much of what Pence has done is alarming.


What was Kaine’s best moment?
After Pence accused the Clinton campaign of being more insult-driven than the Trump campaign (which was hysterical), Kaine laid out a bunch of Trump’s insults, such as women being slobs, his comments about women’s weight, his degrading comments about African Americans and more. Kaine also quoted Ronald Reagan – a favorite of the GOP establishment – saying “some fool or maniac could trigger a catastrophic (nuclear) event,” while citing Trump as the type of person Reagan was thinking of.

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What was Pence’s best moment?
No specific moment stood out, but his ability to deflect questions and defend everything Trump has done and said was impressive. His policies weren’t brought up, so the danger of him wasn’t exposed. But compared to Trump’s infantile debate performance that was arguably the worst since debates were first televised in 1960, he was great. But again, it would’ve been nice if Quijano brought up the fact that he’s opposed to so many things Trump has been in favor of, such as preventing Muslims from entering the country.

With this debate in the rearview mirror, the focus will now switch to the final two Presidential debates – October 9 from Washington University in St. Louis and October 19 from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.


Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

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