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Best Tweets Of 2016’s Vice Presidential Debate

Anyone who started the night with a drinking game quickly got sucked into what was probably this cycle’s best debate.


Leading up to the vice presidential debate last night, one question was on the minds of America’s Twitterers: should I watch this thing?

But, in the end, most of you couldn’t stay away, could you?

And so we began the Farmville, Virginia, showdown between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence. Excitement abounded!

Although the candidates had been on their respective tickets for months, for many viewers this was their first introduction to Kaine and Pence.

Kaine opened by talking about just how much Hillary Clinton liked him.

Pence introduced himself to the crowd by forgetting where he was.

Moderator Elaine Quijano got down to the substantive questions. Kaine declined to answer them, preferring to recite zingers about Donald Trump.

Pence disagreed.

On a foreign policy question, Pence turned his answer…back to Clinton.

Kaine quickly countered the strategy by interrupting. Constantly.

As with Trump in the presidential debate, the constant interjections did not win Kaine any points with viewers.

The debate got lively and, contrary to expectations, stayed lively for the 90-minute duration.

They talked about some issues, including Social Security…

…crime and policing…

…and immigration.

Kaine’s canned zingers and hyper-aggressive interjections contrasted with Pence’s calm, quiet demeanor.

Kaine had a lot of material, and he was going to get it in whether the question called for it or not.

Kaine’s strategy was to turn every answer to some outrageous utterance of Trump’s, and then ask Pence to defend it. Pence had an effective counterattack: pretend none of that ever happened.

Quijano asked a question about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, which naturally led both candidates to discuss the Clinton Foundation.

They closed with a question about the interaction between religious faith and serving in public office. Kaine talked about his doctrine-free form of Catholicism.

By the end, things were looking good for Pence.

By the end, though, both vice-presidential candidates had proven their point fairly well.