Will Annella Kaine Be At The Debate?

by Melissa Cruz

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence will face off against one another on October 4, pitching their respective presidential candidates' platforms to the American public during the one and only vice presidential debate. Though some Democrats were initially skeptical of Clinton's choice of running mate, Kaine will likely have one large cheering section. His wife and three children, including daughter Annella, will probably all be at the debate. Annella, Kaine's only daughter, has shown support for both her father and Clinton throughout the election cycle.

Annella hasn't followed in her father's footsteps in choice of career, however. Instead of studying law, the 21-year-old is currently a senior at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in theater. She is also a member of the internationally acclaimed Atlantic Acting School, and has acted in multiple theater productions and films through the school.

According to Cunnilingus Curated, a queer women's performance and art collective, Annella has also shown strength in singing and songwriting. She's also taken her performance skills to the Richmond Triangle Players, a Virginia-based theater company which specializes in delivering "adventurous and entertaining theater," and bills itself as "the leading voice in the community’s explorations of equality, identity, affection and family, across sexual orientation and gender spectrums."

Her schedule at NYU is surely pretty heavy, which may prevent her from traveling to Longwood University in Virginia for the Tuesday night debate. But viewers may still find her seated in the audience, as she's been a vocal supporter of seeing a woman in the White House. When asked in a family interview about the impact of a female presidential candidate, she said:

It means that we are breaking down a lot of barriers of sexism in our country, and we’re finally getting to see a chance where women such as ourselves, and such as your younger sister and a lot of other young girls out there, are getting to see the kind of things that they can do in the world if they don’t ever give up and they persist and just show how really, really awesome ladies are.
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If Annella can find the time to travel to Virginia on Tuesday, we'll likely see her cheering on her dad as he takes on Trump's running mate. If Clinton's success in the first debate is any indication of how Kaine will do, it'll surely be worth the break from school.