What Time Does The Vice Presidential Debate Start? The Running Mates Won't Be On-Screen For Long
The presidential debate season has officially begun — and you thought the election season already felt long enough. While it may seem like the country has hardly had time to settle down from the explosive, first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP candidate Donald Trump, it will soon be time for the next one. This time, however, Clinton's and Trump's running mates will take the podiums. So, what time does the vice presidential debate begin? It is set to kick-off at 9 p.m. ET, and will run for 90 minutes without commercials.
Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Trump's vice presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will go toe-to-toe at the Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia on Tuesday Oct. 4. And although it may not have the sort of anticipation that the matches between Clinton and Trump hold, it will certainly have its own flair in this high stakes election. Although Pence's "temperament" may not be quite as, shall we say "winning" as that of Trump, Pence has nonetheless made headlines for his own brand of bold comments on a variety of social issues — most recently in regards to global warming. Trump has called climate change a "hoax" on numerous occasions, but had denied that he had done so during the first presidential debate. And earlier this week, about an hour after Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on CNN that Trump believes global warming is "naturally occurring," Pence also appeared on Chris Cuomo's "New Day," saying that "there's no question that the activities that take place in this country and in countries around the world have some impact on the environment and some impact on climate."
Because of the recent attention both Trump and his running mate Pence have received regarding climate change, there is a good chance that topic will make its way into the vice presidential debate, although the subject areas to be discussed at the debate have not been released.
Both Pence and Sen. Kaine have been preparing for the one-and-only debate. Pence has reportedly held mock practice debates with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker standing in for Kaine. Similarly, Kaine has been practicing with Robert Barnett, a high-profile Washington lawyer, who was standing in for Pence.
The Vice Presidential debate will be divided into nine segments with each section taking approximately 10 minutes each. Since this is the only vice presidential debate before voting day, you don't want to miss it.