The much-ballyhooed vice presidential debate – the one and only – between Virginia’s Sen. Time Kaine, speaking for Hillary Clinton’s side, and Indiana’s Gov. Mike Pence, on the ballot with Donald Trump, went off without a hitch this week.
But for Democrats, the outcome wasn’t as hoped.
As Breitbart reported: Even a former staffer for Kaine ruled the debate in Pence’s favor.
“Kaine should have been himself,” I don’t know what the Clintons have done to hi. I thought Pence won the debate,” said former aide Christian Rickers to Breitbart. “It made me very sad. I’ve never seen him like that … I can’t believe it. Is that what we have been reduced to? Win at all cost and bring out the hatchet?”
The reference from Rickers, who now oversees the pro-Trump Super PAC Trumpocrats PAC, came in part to response to Kaine’s constant interruptions of Pence – to the tune of 57 or so times, according to one Breitbart calculation.
Even the liberal-leaning Washington Post found in favor of Pence on several key points.
“From the very beginning, Pence was the more comfortable of the two men on the debate stage. Pence repeatedly turned to the camera when he answered questions, making clear he understood that the real audience wasn’t in the room but watching on TV. The Indiana governor was calm, cool and collected throughout — a stark contrast to the fast-talking (and seemingly nervous) Kaine,” the Post’s Chris Cillizza opined.
And in the loser column>
Kaine, according to the Post’s Cillizza.
He wrote: “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.”
Cillizza offered up a couple of doozy hits on Kaine as well.
One, read like this: “When he wasn’t trying to stuff 10 pounds of attack in a five-pound bag in his answers, he was relentlessly interrupting Pence.”
And another: “[H]holy cow, was that debate a) hard to watch and b) super depressing. Constant interruptions — especially by Kaine.”