Vice presidential candidates Kaine and Pence square off in VP debate

FARMVILLE, VIRGINIA (KUSI) — Debate recap – 10:00 p.m. — The first, and only, debate of the men who want to be the nation’s next vice president took place Tuesday night in Virginia.

Democratic Senator Time Kaine – Hillary Clinton’s nominee – and Donald Trump’s choice for VP, Governor Mike Pence, went head to head.

It didn’t take long for the two candidates to clash. The usually subdued rivals spoke over one another and frankly, at times, it was a little irritating. 

From the very start, the two candidates laid into each other, both attacking the other’s running mate.

"The thought of Donald Trump as commander-in-chief scares us to death," Kane said early on.

For Pence, his defense of Trump seemed to be focusing on Hillary Clinton.

"The campaign of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine has been an avalanche of insults," he said. "There’s a reason why people question the trustworthiness of Hillary Clinton. And that’s because they are paying attention. I mean the reality is, when she was Secretary of State Senator, c’mon. She had a Clinton Foundation accepting contributions from foreign governments."

Both men seeking to show they’re the right candidate to be a heartbeat away from the White House and touting the qualities of the person they want to be president.

Debate preview – 5:00 p.m. — Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine will take center stage Tuesday night in the first round of vice presidential debates.

The questions is, will this one be more civilized than the Trump/Clinton debate? And the answer is probably yes.

The real question is will it help Americans make what is turning out to be a tough decision for many still undecided voters? 

These vice presidential candidates have records of their own, but tonight they will be put in the difficult position of defending the records of the people at the top of their tickets.

Tim Kaine will have to try to deflect questions about Hillary’s email scandal and Benghazi and Mike Pence is left to untangle the positions of Donald Trump and his sometimes in-artful way of expressing them.

But tonight, the candidates will be sitting at the table next to one another and that could change the dynamic.

"When the candidates are seated at a table, it facilitates a different kind of conversation and that’s something that we haven’t always done," said Peter Eyre of the Commission on presidential debates.

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