There will be no do-overs for the vice presidential candidates, as Tim Kaine and Mike Pence meet to debate just once–tonight, at 9 p.m. ET.
Most–though not all–of the networks will carry the debate, with your choice of shouty political panels for hours afterwards.
Tonight’s moderator, Elaine Quijano of CBS News, will sit at a table with the candidates in front of an audience at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.
There won’t be any Donald Trump tonight, but his name will certainly fix into the debate, and Trump has promised to share his thoughts through the evening on Twitter (surprise!):
I will be watching the great Governor @Mike_Pence and live tweeting the VP debate tonight starting at 8:30pm est! Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2016
CNN’s John King, however, reports the Trump campaign “plans to have his team around him” as he comments on the debate, which may take all the fun out of it.
One question: will Pence keep it clean, or will his potty mouth return, as it did in the lead-up to tonight’s debate.
No matter what he says, it sounds like some have already declared Pence the clear winner of the debate. A blog post on the GOP.com website says the debate we have yet to see was totally one-sided:
— Philip Bump (@pbump) October 4, 2016
8:45 p.m. ET: Donald Trump, who has repeatedly said he does not watch CNN, has concluded he can’t watch CNN any more tonight:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2016
9:05 p.m. ET: Kaine is wearing a red tie, and Pence is wearing blue–reversing the traditional Republican-Democratic color choices. In the first presidential debate, Clinton wore red and Trump wore blue.
9:10 p.m. ET: Wait. What? We missed this from earlier:
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) October 4, 2016
9:21 p.m. ET: Is Quijano holding the candidates’ feet to the fire, or letting them slip away from her questions?
Is #ElaineQuijano listening to the candidates not answer her questions? At least Lester Holt followed up with the no-answers and avoidance.
— Ken Rudin (@kenrudin) October 5, 2016
Quijano has just admonished the candidates to stop interrupting and taking over each other. “Gentlemen, the people at home cannot understand you when you speak over each other.”
9:29 p.m. ET: Mike Pence, who knocked Kaine for canned zingers, grabbed for one of the classic debate zingers of all time, Ronald Reagan‘s epic “there you go again.”
Pence tried a “There they go again” — then a big heavy pause to let the Reaganism resonate — went over like a lead balloon
— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) October 5, 2016
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) October 5, 2016
9:47 p.m. ET: While Donald Trump’s tweet about Batman is getting most of the live-tweeting attention, we pass this along without comment:
Grindr is live tweeting the debate https://t.co/0cBjPTA3zL
— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) October 5, 2016
9:53 p.m. ET: RATHERISM!
This debate is crackling like a hickory fire
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) October 5, 2016
Share of @twitter conversation since start of VP debate:
60% – Pence
40% – Kaine
63% – Trump
37% – Clinton
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 5, 2016
— Robert Gifford (@giff18) October 5, 2016
I feel like Elaine Quijano needs some of this airlifted ASAP pic.twitter.com/K6Denv2heY
— Lisa Tozzi (@lisatozzi) October 5, 2016
— Elizabeth Thorp (@ElizabethEThorp) October 5, 2016
10:17 p.m. ET: Is Meghan McCain bored by the debate?
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) October 5, 2016
10:23 p.m. ET: Russia, Russia, Russia:
— Abigail Crutchfield (@ACrutchfield14) October 5, 2016
10:35 p.m. ET: The debate has ended. The fact-checking–and the spinning–is about to begin.
10:40 p.m. ET: Instant polls and focus groups are about to serve up their verdicts. In the meantime, we have this:
— radical desi (@radicaldesi) October 5, 2016