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Democrat Tim Kaine displayed a smirking, totally annoying toady, while Republican Mike Pence was not afraid to be himself. He was calm and not overwhelmed by his running mate.
Who won the debate? Certainly Pence did. He definitely displayed a better personality for the Oval Office.
Could Pence be a calming influence on Donald Trump — either for the remainder of the campaign, or, should Trump be elected President? Possibly.
Could Pence keep more moderate-minded Republicans in the GOP fold? Maybe.
Could Pence be showing himself as a possible presidential candidate for 2020 or 2024? Probably.
Some would say Pence did not truthfully articulate Trump’s positions, statements, history and qualifications. That’s true to some degree.
Others might say Kaine more accurately articulated Hillary Clinton’s qualifications, positions and history — while continually hammering away at Trump’s faults, and interrupting his on-stage opponent. That could be true.
Could undecided voters be influenced by this debate? Hard telling.
Did the American public become any more enlightened on the issues? Not likely.
This world has also had its fill of Donald Trump’s tax returns and Hillary and Bill Clinton’s Clinton Foundation.
Many other issues were discussed, or at least talked around.
To view a transcript of the debate, as provided by the Washington Post, with linlks to commentary and “fact checks,” click HERE.
Other “fact checks” are available on-line.
To view the C-SPAN page, which includes a video of the whole debate AND, separately, the candidates’ answers to each of the 10 questions asked by moderator Elaine Quijano, click HERE.
Next presidential debate will be a “town hall” affair Sunday, Oct. 9, at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
Final debate will be Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Las Vegas, Nev.
— Caroll Lucas and Howard Elliott