I haven’t done much debate coverage on this blog in awhile. At one point, it was the most popular feature of this blog – my debate analysis and live Twitter feed. So, tonight, I make this blog great again…
I was not disappointed in tonight’s debate. It was much better than how the two on the top of the ticket last week did. What was disappointing was Tim Kaine. Coming into this debate, I genuinely respected the man. He seemed reasonable and level-headed. Yet, tonight, he came off as a little weasel. He kept interrupting (a complaint I made about Trump last week) and kept repeating clearly rehearsed lines of attack. He was impatient and just annoying.
However, Kaine was at his best when going after Trump’s “insult-driven campaign.” Governor Pence was left speechless. But, what can you really say? Trump’s childish insults simply cannot be defended. The more Kaine went after him on this, the more points he put up on the board.
That being said, the clear winner of this debate was Mike Pence. The governor was calm, cool and collected. Dare I say it? He looked presidential. He swatted down Kaine’s overly-rehearsed attack lines with a simple dismissal.
Pence was at his best at the end of the night speaking of his faith, showing respect for Senator Kaine’s beliefs but, most of all, standing firm on life. Governor Pence is clearly pro-life and a champion for the unborn. I have to respect that.
Will it be a game-changer? Probably not, but it may get some conservatives off the fence who have been looking for a reason to vote for Trump. But, it won’t be enough change the course of the campaign.
Below are my live-tweets from the debate. Read from the bottom to the top.
Thank you, @mike_pence for standing firm on life. Notice @timkaine would not defend partial birth or HIllay’s stance on the Hyde Amendment.
If I were @mike_pence I’d say, “Shh, Tim. Take a breath. Count to ten. You’ll get your chance to quote your rehearsed lines.” #VPDebate
Gov @mike_pence – keep asking the question – do you take deductions? Don’t let him ignore it. You’ve got him on this! #VPDebate
Clearly @timkaine scored some clear points going after Trump’s insults. @mike_pence is left silent. What can you say? #VPDebate
So @mike_pence can’t defend Trump’s insults and so goes after comments @HillaryClinton apologized for. #VPDebate
Now I’m ready for the debate! https://www.instagram.com/p/BLKbQ8vDGWBBbGUTSOPnG7rLLVqIIg_501VVSA0/ …
I wish @timkaine would answered the question – do you pay more taxes than you need to? #VPDebate
Clearly @GovPenceIN is looking the most presidential here. @timkaine just seems to be trying too hard. #VPDebate
Kaine is the Trump of this debate, can’t wait to interrupt. Trying to play Joe @JoeBiden maybe? #VPDebate
Both these guys sound ridiculous defending the trustworthiness of their candidates – can’t do it without attacking the other guy. #VPDebate
Gov @mike_pence wins the battle of the receding hairline against @timkaine #VPDebate
I guess Tim Kaine has home field advantage tonight. #VPDebate