The first and only vice presidential debate is here.
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, will face off Tuesday, October 4, at 9 pm Eastern for 90 minutes — no commercial breaks.
The debate will be held at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, the state where Kaine has served as both governor and senator, and will be moderated by CBS News anchor Elaine Quijano, the first Asian-American moderator of a presidential or vice presidential debate. It will be aired live on all major stations — CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, PBS, Univision, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN — and will also stream live on NBC News's YouTube page (you can watch live via the video above).
In a typical election year, vice presidential debates usually draw less attention than presidential ones — with the notable exception of Joe Biden and Sarah Palin in 2008 — but the abnormal nature of this year's two frontrunners has raised interest in Tuesday’s debates, as voters wait to see what Clinton and Trump’s running mates have to say about the top of the parties’ tickets.
Especially after the week Trump has had since the first presidential debate — starting a feud with a former Miss Universe contestant, being the subject of several damning reports about his personal finances, and going uncontrollably off script at a recent campaign rally — eyes will be on Pence to explain why voters should look past the swath of negative coverage surrounding the Trump campaign.