Despite interruptions, biased moderator, Pence clear winner in VP debate

Pence beats Kaine in VP debateOn Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence and former Sen. Tim Kaine faced off in the only vice presidential debate of the campaign.  Despite the clear bias of the CBS moderator and Kaine’s constant interruptions, it was clear that Pence won hands-down.

At one point, Pence brought up Hillary’s illegal email server and was quickly shut down by the moderator.

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A Frank Luntz focus group even took Kaine to task for his constant interruptions.

An article at the Washington Post called Kaine the loser, noting:

Someone must have told the Virginia senator he needed to always be on his front foot in the debate, always be the aggressor. It didn’t work. Kaine started the debate talking so quickly and trying to load so many Trump attacks into every answer that it made it virtually impossible to grasp any one attack. In the middle of the debate, Kaine seemed to relax into it — delivering an effective attack on Trump’s comments on women. But that Kaine was the exception, not the rule. When he wasn’t trying to stuff 10 pounds of attack in a five-pound bag in his answers, he was relentlessly interrupting Pence.  Every single time Pence started to level an attack against Hillary Clinton, Kaine immediately began to talk over him. I’m not sure if that was on purpose or not, but it didn’t come across well — at all. One glaring example: As Pence was recounting his personal experience on Sept. 11, 2001, Kaine interrupted to say, “I was in Virginia.” Um, okay. Not a good look.

Even the hyper-partisan Chris Matthews declared Pence the winner: “I think the winner tonight will end up being —  in terms of the debate and what they were trying to accomplish, Pence, because Pence was solid, he looked like he had his head screwed on.”

Here’s video of the full debate in case you missed it:


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