The upcoming debate between vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine on the Democratic side and Mike Pence on the Republican side will be a clash of the ages, analysts predict, with oratorical fireworks dominating the national conversation for months—possibly even years—to come.
“I can’t imagine a more combustive match-up than these two men, with their outsized, colorful personalities, laying into each other for 90 minutes on national television,” says Peter Norton, CBS news political analyst and a contributor to the Street Political Report.
Sam Meyers, political correspondent for The New York Times, says Kaine, the junior U.S. senator from the important swing state of Virginia and a past governor of that state, is known for his fiery rhetoric and willingness to make political enemies. “‘Vicious’ is the word that comes to mind when I think of Tim Kaine,” says Meyers. “When he was governor of Virginia, he once told the Republican Senate majority leader that he was ‘disappointed’ they couldn’t come together on the budget. You can imagine the firestorm that ensued.”
In another outburst, Kaine said it was “not a good thing” funding for job assistance had to be cut back at a time when many Virginians were looking for work during the Great Recession. “We must try to find a compromise!” he railed, hitting the palm of his hand with his fist for emphasis.
Trump’s vice president pick, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, is also known as a firebrand, once telling a Democratic state senator “I believe the life of the unborn is sacred, so I’m just not going to be able to support your effort to fund Planned Parenthood.”
“That caused quite a scene,” says Jenny Simons, a reporter for CBS affiliate WTTV News in Indianapolis who covered the statehouse at the time. “I can’t remember exactly what the senator said, but it was something like, ‘I have to respectfully disagree with you,’ and Pence shot back, ‘That’s your prerogative.’ You could cut the tension with a knife.”
Similar clashes are expected when Pence and Kaine meet on national television, because they come at the issues from such different perspectives. Pence is pro-life and adheres to strict conservative social positions, while Kaine is a moderate Democrat who personally is troubled by abortion, although he has vowed to uphold women’s right to choose.
“You can imagine what you get when you cross a Republican with a moderate Democrat,” says Kathleen Green, host of The Wall Street Journals’ political webcast, Washington Report. “As he’s demonstrated when he was a civil rights lawyer who did charity work in Honduras, Kaine will go for the kill the moment Pence shows weakness. And Pence, who’s known for his colorful personality and over-the-top antics, will use his verbal skills like a surgeon wielding a knife. He’ll try to carve up Kaine and I expect there will be stunning, dazzling zingers that are destined to become cultural tropes.”
“I wish it were being held tomorrow,” says Meyers.
It’s not, though. It takes place October 23, at Longwood University, in Kaine’s state of Virginia.
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