But Kaine is Irish and so therefore has a street fighter's approach to politics and the blame for his continued ability to interrupt rests with moderator Elaine Quijano who was clearly not up to the test of controlling the flow of the debate. Her movement from one subject to another was awkward, often seeming out of place when the two candidates were in the midst of a good argument and she always seemed to cut off Pence even in mid-sentence when she allowed Kaine to ramble on on numerous occasions. But Pence, for his part, always acted the gentleman and Kaine would come to the realization repeatedly that maybe he was pushing too hard and too often. Public opinion polls immediately after the debate pointed to that conclusion.
Even Chris Cilizza of the Washington Post gave the nod to Mike Pence as the winner, something that clearly must have been difficult for him to do. It was clear that on carriage, delivery and style as well as composure, Pence was clearly in the better position. But whether you like Kaine or not, I can see why Hillary selected him for he is a veritable pit bull and probably razzes things up for his sometimes lifeless head of the ticket when on the stump.
I truly hope that Donald Trump watched the debate and learned something valuable from it. Pence was smooth and adept at getting his points on the board without being baited into going off into issues which were not principal to his message and his campaign. Kaine tried to drag Pence there on numerous occasions but was unsuccessful. If The Donald will do the same in his final two debates, the momentum will clearly swing back in his direction. America wants change, she is crying out for a different approach and it's up to Trump to show that he can deliver it effectively. Mike Pence provided a great example of how to do so. Trump can be forceful and a bit brash, but he must stay on point and the message will be clearly understood.
Stay posted, we're heading into the homestretch and the next few weeks will be the make or break of the entire campaign. It should be very interesting.