The first and only head-to-head matchup between vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence on Tuesday evening will almost certainly lack the fireworks — and viewership — that the first debate between their running mates generated last week.
But that doesn’t mean the undercard debate, hosted by Longwood University in the central Virginia town of Farmville, isn’t worth the time.
National polls show Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton locked in a tight race, with the former secretary of state holding a slight lead in recent surveys. Candidate gaffes, social media and the breathless media coverage of the campaigns have helped constantly shift the race’s momentum one way or another.
Even though history suggests the VP debate will do little to change undecided voters’ bottom lines, Republican Pence and Democrat Kaine will be looking to do whatever it takes to swing the race back in their party’s favor with five weeks to go until Election Day.