— POLITICO (@politico) October 5, 2016
My main impression from the VP debate is of Mike Pence’s lying and constant mugging for the camera. As Sen. Kaine calmly rattled off a long string of outrageous statements by Trump, the split screen showed Gov. Pence shaking his head in denial. Pence can spin his head around like Linda Blair in The Exorcist, but that won’t erase what Donald Trump said. We have it on tape and in his tweets.
Kaine is pro-gay and pro-choice, as he strongly demonstrated during the debate. His faith prompted him to teach carpentry and welding as a missionary in Honduras. Pence is anti-gay and anti-choice. His faith prompts him to bully people.
Kaine’s distinction between his personal faith and his duties as a government official is one of the best articulations of church-state separation that I have heard.
Pence repeatedly dodged opportunities to defend Trump’s statements. As Kaine said of Pence, “He’s asking everyone to vote for someone he cannot defend.”
Regarding Trump’s non-payment of taxes, Pence whistled past the graveyard, saying Trump “used the tax code just the way it’s supposed to be used — he used it brilliantly.” That won’t fly.
Pence referred to the Democrats’ “insult-driven campaign.” Really? He is the running mate of Mister Insult. Only a half-wit would be persuaded by Pence’s debate performance. I take that back. A half-wit might well be persuaded by Pence’s performance to vote for Clinton and Kaine.