With just five weeks left in the US presidential race, on Tuesday night it is the turn of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential picks to win over voters. Washington correspondent Dr Stefan Grobe has the low-down on what to expect.
“All eyes are turning to Farmville, Virginia, tonight where Republican Indiana governor Mike Pence and Democratic Virginia senator Tim Kaine will face off in the one and only vice presidential debate. Don’t expect any fireworks. Here you have two white guys in their late 50s, scandal-free policy wonks who will likely deliver a sane and civilized conversation. Do the voters care? Consider this: only one out of two Americans has actually heard about the VP candidates and the TV audience is expected to be only half as big as the one that followed the Trump-Clinton slugfest more than a week ago. By all means, the VP debate is unlikely to affect the overall race. Trump is still playing defense on his taxes and Clinton is clearly ahead in the polls.”
Clinton’s poll boost came after what widely deemed her victory in the presidential debate last week, her running-mate Tim Kaine will want to follow her lead, while Mike Pence will likely face questions over his philosophical differences with Trump.