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#VPDebate: Top Tweets From the Vice Presidential Debate

Elon James White asked, "Has there been a #VPDebate that has ever decided an election?"



    Pence Fights Back at Kaine and an ‘Insult-Driven’ Campaign

    “He says ours is an insult-driven campaign,” Mike Pence said at the vice presidential debate about Tim Kaine, noting the time Hillary Clinton called Trump supporters “a basket of deplorables.” (Published Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016)

    The American public got to know Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence during their first and only vice presidential debate at Longwood University Tuesday night.

    The candidates are largely unknown to voters, according to the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll, and they went head-to-head on taxes, Homeland Security, education, healthcare, Syria and the economy.

    At the top of the debate, Pence incorrectly thanked Norwood University for hosting the debate — it was held at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. The gaffe began trending on Twitter. 

    Kaine, the Democratic candidate, spent a good deal of his time knocking Pence and the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, for the positions they've staked in the long campaign.

    Pence, Kaine Talk Over One Another Repeatedly at VP DebatePence, Kaine Talk Over One Another Repeatedly at VP Debate

    Debate moderator Elaine Quijano attempted to get Tim Kaine and Mike Pence to stop talking over one another during the debate on Oct. 6, 2016. "Gentleman, the people at home cannot understand either one of you when you speak over each other," she said.
    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016)

    "If you don't know the difference between dictatorship and leadership, you've got to go back to fifth grade civics class," Kaine said, referring to Pence unfavorably comparing President Baracak Obama with Vladimir Putin.

    Pence hit back hard, saying that Kaine and his running mate, Hillary Clinton, have made their campaign "an avalanche of insults." 

    Trump was live-tweeting throughout the debate; Clinton's account was active as well, though the candidate herself wasn't tweeting.

    Here's some of the top tweets in reaction to the vice presidential debate.