As it happened: 2016 US Vice Presidential debate - Tim Kaine v Mike Pence

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine, left, and Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence answer questions during the vice-presidential debate. Photo / AP
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine, left, and Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence answer questions during the vice-presidential debate. Photo / AP

After last week's hot chilli peppers with a dash of wasabi dish comes the solid starch of curried potatoes.

Today's US Vice-Presidential debate features the steady deputies behind Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

It may not involve the unpredictability of the top-of-the-tickets clash last week but it will probably reveal more about what they would do in power.

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence have been picked for their governing ability and experience should their bosses win.

They should be able to articulate programmes and reasons for supporting their side.

For Kaine, the Virginia Senator, his job will be to maintain the momentum for the Democrats and push the argument that Trump is unfit to be president.

Pence will try to put a calm, respectable, likeable face on the Republican campaign and some meat on the bones of Trump's policies. He will try to reassure anti-Trump Republicans and independents.

Kaine will be trying to reach out to groups - Millennials, men without university education, Hispanics, independents, Republicans - the party is trying to mine for turnout.

Join us for the debate from 2pm. It is coming from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, and is being moderated by Elaine Quijano of CBS News.

It will be divided into nine segments of about 10 minutes each. After the moderator asks a question, each candidate will have two minutes to respond, with the moderator using the remaining time for a deeper discussion.


- NZ Herald

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