The Vice Presidential Debate Tuesday night on various networks was underwhelming.
Pence seemed to control the flow, getting Kaine to interrupt him, reversing the course from Trump and Clinton on Sept. 26. Kaine seemed to be pulling “catchphrases” out of his brain.
Pence did seem “presidential” (compared to Trump) and played down the religious and discriminatory charges of the past, essentially wanting to leave churches to conduct their worlds privately.
CNN’s analysis is here.
Pence tried to play down Trump’s vacuous praise of Vladimir Putin, as being misinterpreted, saying Putin gets away with things because he runs a country that still supports authoritarian government and leadership.
The debate was held at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, where the public schools closed for a time in 1964 rather than integrate. The moderator made a strict warning that he would expel anyone for even brandishing a cell phone.
Update: Oct. 7
Vox, in a piece by Akhil Reed Amar, suggests that the GOP could make Pence and Trump trade places and give the GOP a credible presidential candidate, and its constitutional.