2016 vice presidential debate wrapup

Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence appeared in the only vice presidential debate of the season.
Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence appeared in the only vice presidential debate of the season.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence appeared in the only vice presidential debate of the season.

Joshua Scacco, assistant professor of media theory and politics at Purdue, wants voters not to focus on one topic that seems to be on everyone’s mind.

“It’s critical that individuals know more about the debate than who won the debate,” said Scacco

He said winning or losing should not be the main focus. It’s to help determine a good candidate to run the country. There are two ways Scacco said you can judge the vice presidential candidates.

The first is style.

“Mike Pence came off in a more relaxed, more calm, more collected manner than Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia,” Scacco said.

The second is substance.

He says it’s important for the candidates to inform voters. But Scacco was disappointed with the debate at times.

“Particularly, with the number of interruptions,” he said.

He wasn’t the only one who noticed the candidates talking over one another. The potential voters News 18 met seemed as if they all have made up their minds on who they will give their vote.

Earl McCoy said he plans to vote for Trump and Pence.

“I think it’s good for the Republican Party ticket overall. I think Trump is not your typical politician and a little unpolished, and Mike Pence brings that level of sophistication to the ticket that I think should make the voters a little more comfortable in their selection,” said McCoy.

Theda McBryde plans to vote for Hillary Clinton and Kaine.

“I think it really shows who people are, and what they really believe in, and how they show their character would behave in the office,” McBryde said.

One of the candidates will end up on the losing side on election night.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean they are out of politics forever,” Scacco said. “So, this potential vice presidential run for Sen. Kaine and for Gov. Pence could set up a future run for president.”