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I intend to watch the vice presidential debate because I want to know who these candidates are and how they react under the pressure of the klieg lights. But most of all I want to try to discover for myself why they were chosen.
Everything you need to know about the 2016 vice presidential debate
When is the vice presidential debate?
Tuesday, October 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.
What time is the vice presidential debate and how long is it?
The debate will start at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time and is scheduled to run for 90 minutes without commercial breaks.
Who is in the vice presidential debate?
Sen. Tim Kaine, a Senator from Virginia and Hillary Clinton’s running mate, will debate Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana and running mate to Donald Trump. Pence is a first term governor of Indiana who previously served over a decade in Congress. Kaine is a former Democratic National Committee chairman who also served as governor of Virginia and mayor of Richmond.
How can I watch the vice presidential debate?
The debate will be broadcast on all major television networks and cable channels. C-SPAN will also air the debate.
Who will moderate the vice presidential debate?
Elaine Quijano of CBS News will be the debate’s sole moderator. She is a correspondent for CBS News and an anchor for CBSN, the digital streaming network for CBS. This election, Quijano covered 2016 debates and both the Republican and Democratic national conventions for CBS. In 2011, Quijano revealed in a CBS Evening News report that the White House did not send condolence letters to the families of military personnel who had committed suicide. That report spurred the Obama administration to reverse that policy.
Quijano, a Chicago-area native of Filipino descent, is also the first Asian American moderator for a general election debate.
What is the format of the vice presidential debate?
The debate is divided into nine 10 minute segments. Quijano will start each segment with an opening question and then Kaine and Pence will each have two minutes to respond. Quijano will also use the leftover time in each segment to dive deeper into the discussion topic.
How have Pence and Kaine been preparing?
Pence has held mock practice debates with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker standing in for Kaine. In Kaine’s preparation, Robert Barnett, a high-profile Washington lawyer, has been playing Pence.
What’s at stake for the vice presidential candidates?
Kaine is hoping to build off Clinton’s performance in the first presidential debate, as well as to keep the conversation focused on Trump’s foibles. Pence, meanwhile, will look to bolster his ticket, articulate its policy vision and draw attention to Clinton’s weak points and controversial episodes.
Let’s not become a Nation of Sheep.
You watch. You consider. You decide.