Tonight, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) will participate in the first and only vice-presidential debate. The event kicks off at 9:00 PM EST and will run commercial free throughout its 90-minute duration.
Although unexpected to amass the record-breaking viewership that the first Clinton-Trump debate accomplished, the running-mates look to capitalize their time with the heightened attention for this year’s election cycle. It is noted that in 2012, the vice-presidential debate attracted 52.4 million viewers, while in 2008, the debate attracted 70 million viewers, which holds the highest viewership to date.
What You Need to Know
Moderator: Elaine Quijano – CBS News
Location: Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Format: The Vice Presidential debate will be divided into nine time segments with approximately 10 minutes for each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.
How to Watch: The debate will be aired through all major TV news networks, including NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC, Univision, C-SPAN, and CNN.
In addition, majority of the above cable news networks will air the debate live from their websites. Twitter and YouTube will also provide streams to the broadcasts. ABC News has also partnered with Facebook to stream the debate as well.
- What to Watch in the Vice Presidential Debate (CNN Politics)
- 5 Storylines to Watch During the VP Debate (ABC News)
- 4 Questions Kaine and Pence Face Heading Into the VP Debate (NPR)
Ronny Lau, Policy Advisor, Center for Advocacy, Policy, and Constituency Engagement, October 4, 2016. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)