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Takeaway from last night’s VP debate




Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine (L) and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence (R) speak during the Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine (L) and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence (R) speak during the Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University.
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Last night's Vice-Presidential debate might have lacked the excitement of the three headliner debates between Trump and Clinton, but they still grabbed a sizable audience - more than 50 million Americans tuned in.

Republican Mike Pence's goal was clearly to reassure conservatives and people of faith that Trump was worthy of their trust. Democrat Tim Kaine's priority was pinning Pence down with Trump's extreme comments. That forced Pence to sidestep or claim Kaine's characterization of the comments was misleading.

Just as Clinton was generally crowned the winner of the first Presidential debate, Pence seemed the consensus winner last night.

Did Kaine's aggressive approach backfire? Did both men work to position themselves as much for future Presidential runs as doing heavy lifts for their teams? Will evangelicals and fiscal conservatives feel better about voting for Trump?

Guests:

Angela T. Rye, a democratic analyst and  CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a DC-based political consulting and government relations firm; she tweets @angela_rye

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco

Lori Cox Han, professor of political science at Chapman University