VP debate expected to focus on issues over attacks

Oct 4, 2016

Tonight it will be the vice presidential hopefuls’ turn to debate. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence haven’t received nearly the attention that their running mates have gotten thus far, but tonight’s debate could help determine who is elected this November.

The debate, taking place on the campus of Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, will be the only one between the two.

Democratic congressman Brian Higgins says compared to last week’s presidential showdown, he believes the public will see a more issues-driven debate.

“I think you’ll find a debate that is more issue-oriented, which I think is probably good both in terms of foreign policy," Higgins said. "Mike Pence is a governor, so I think you’ll see a debate that is more substantial in terms of issues that are important in both domestic and foreign policy.”

Kaine is hoping to build off presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s performance last week while Pence will try to get his running mate Donald Trump’s campaign back on track by accentuating its policy and drawing to Clinton’s weak points.

“I think he’s going to do a fine job. He’s an individual that knows how to get things done and can be a true advocate for Donald Trump in regards to dealing with Washington and getting legislation to the finish line by getting together those 218 votes it will take to get enacted,” Rep. Tom Reed said Monday.

Reed, a Republican congressman who represents the southern tier, has full confidence in Pence as the parties vice presidential representative.

“Mike is doing a great job on the vice presidential ticket on our side of the aisle and really is a person who can articulate what we stand for and the work we’re doing for example on the better way being a true partner coming out of the House of Representatives and as a governor,” he said.

For complete NPR coverage and analysis of Tuesday night’s VP debate, tune in to WBFO starting at 9 p.m. You can also watch the debate on WNED-TV.