Sen. Tim Kaine (Team Clinton) and Gov. Mike Pence (Team Trump) will be duking it out tonight in the first and only vice presidential debate of the 2016 election. Here’s the lowdown on what to look out for so you won’t be the only person in the office tomorrow who has nothing to add the conversation.
When and where?
The debate takes place tonight at 9 p.m. ET at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. It’ll run for 90 minutes without commercial breaks.
What should I look out for?
Both of our presidential nominees have particularly high unfavorability ratings. It’s likely that Sen. Kaine and Gov. Pence will spend most of the time trying to play defense, convincing voters that both candidates are trustworthy and up to the challenges of the office.
The debate will be moderated by Elaine Quijano of CBS News. She covered the Democratic and Republican national conventions for CBS this year and will be the first digital anchor as well as the first Asian-American anchor to moderate a general election debate.
So, what’s the format?
There will be nine segments, each 10 minutes long. Quijano will ask an opening question and give Kaine and Pence two minutes to answer, using whatever time is left to dive deeper into the question.
Will the third-party candidates be there?
No. Bill Weld, former Massachusetts governor, is the running mate to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Ajamu Baraka is a civil right activist running alongside Jill Stein of the Green Party. Only candidates who averaged 15% or higher in national polls were invited to the debate, and Weld and Baraka didn’t rank high enough.
Where can I watch it?
Pretty much anywhere. It’s going to be broadcast on all major cable and television networks — ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, etc. — as well as Twitter, Facebook Live, and Snapchat.