Aside from initially referring to the hosting university by the wrong name, Mike Pence offered a pretty strong showing at Tuesday night's vice presidential debate at Longwood (not Norwood) University, especially when compared to how his running mate, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, performed last week. While Pence's performance may make Republicans wish that the Indiana governor was on the top of the ticket (and that Trump would vanish into some political ether), his greatest gems weren't about the Clinton Foundation or our national security. Let's be real, Pence's debate double entendres stole the show.
For a noticeably social conservative politician, even by Republican standards, Pence had quite the way with dirty puns — albeit almost certainly unintended ones.
Twitter collectively tittered when Pence responded to Tim Kaine's attack on Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric, especially towards one from Mexico, with:
Senator, you whipped out that Mexican thing again.
Granted, between trying to prevent women whose fetuses have abnormalities from having abortions and legislating protections for people who want to discriminate against the LGBTQ community, the Indiana governor may not be up to date on his double entendres. Perhaps, Pence didn't realize that once you utter "whipped out" during a nationally-televised debate, people will immediately envision a dick-measuring contest. To be honest, watching two white middle-aged guys face off already evokes that. Then again, such a regression would not be so surprising, considering Trump's braggadocious remarks about his "hands" during a March Republican debate.
But even though that may go down as the most memorable line of the evening, Pence had another questionable choice of phrasing. When moderator Elaine Quijano asked both vice presidential candidates how they have faced conflicts between their faith and their political decisions, Pence's response started off normal (hokey but normal) and took a turn. "For me, my faith informs my life," Pence said and then added, "I try to spend a little bit of time on my knees every day." Palm. To. Face.
Of course, such a line did not go unnoticed by Twitter.
Such delightfully unexpected double entendres almost made Pence's aggressively anti-choice views and attacks against women's reproductive agency worth sitting through. Almost.