While the talking heads of the corporate-owned media anoint Indiana Governor and GOP Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence the winner of Tuesday’s debate on style points, there wasn’t a whole lot of talk about what really happened during that 90-minutes at Longwood University in Farmville, VA.
It was the beginning of Gov. Pence’s reign as front runner for the GOP Presidential nomination in 2020.
A jittery, talkative Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Democratic running mate to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, kept giving Gov. Pence opportunity after opportunity to defend the GOP Presidential nominee, Donald Trump. For each opportunity, Pence chose to duck the pitch instead of swinging. By the end of the debate, he had practically run out of buses to throw Trump under.
Kaine did everything a vice presidential candidate is supposed to do, and that was to be the attack dog on behalf of the head of the ticket. He kept Pence on his heels, asking at least six times how Pence could defend things that Trump had said.
Pence sidestepped each inside fastball with a deft, “He didn’t say that.” Upon further review, the tape shows Trump DID say those things… as well as things Pence denied having ever said despite the brand new invention that will someday come to be known as “audio recording”
For instance, Pence denied saying that Russian strongman Vladimir Putin was a stronger leader than President Obama. That was a lie.
“I think it’s inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country,” Pence said during an interview with CNN. “And that’s going to change the day that Donald Trump becomes president of the United States of America.”
Time and time again Kaine or ( Moderator Elaine) Quijano presented Pence with stands that Trump had taken, only to see the loyal VP nominee deny Trump had ever said any such thing. Pence also lied about his own record, insisting the only reason he tried to zero-out Planned Parenthood’s federal funding was because that was a “fiscally responsible” way to address the deficit.
Quijano deserves the universal panning she will receive for letting the debate turn into a free-for-all with, at times, Pence, Kaine and Quijano all speaking at the same time.
Who won the debate will probably depend on your particular ideology. However, it’s clear who lost at the only vice presidential debate in the 2016 election cycle.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
The GOP has a new sheriff, and his name is Pence. Mike Pence.