Mike Pence, Tim Kaine face off in vice presidential debate

Virginia, Oct 5: Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, the running mate of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and his Republican rival Indiana Governor Mike Pence faced off here in the 90 minutes long vice presidential debate for the campaign. According to BBC, Kaine on Tuesday night sought to maintain his ticket's momentum as Pence aimed to stabilise Trump's bid after a turbulent week in which the billionaire admitted that he greatly benefited from "unfair" US taxes laws. Trump himself said in a tweet that he will live tweet the debate. "I will be live-tweeting the VP Debate. Very exciting! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" He also tweeted that Pence was "doing a great job -- so far, no contest!" While his Democrat rival Clinton said: "Kaine just reminded Pence of the bigoted things Trump has said about millions of Americans -- and Pence couldn't defend it. #VPDebate" On taxes and Trump, Pence declared that "he used the tax code just the way it's supposed to be used, and he did it brilliantly", while Kaine challenged his rival repeatedly to defend statements or proposals made by the New York billionaire during his presidential campaign. Pence's tone and his calm delivery never wavered, and he continued to deflect and deny questions about Trump's ideas while turning back to the Obama administration's foreign policy record, The New York Times reported. Kaine often interrupted Pence to hammer away at Trump's business ties to Russian banks, his campaign team's lobbying work for a Ukrainian strongman and the billionaire's eyebrow-raising praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin. When Pence broached the idea that the Obama administration had let Russia dominate the response to Syrian policy, Kaine wore an expression that looked vaguely sad, as though he could not believe Pence had gone there.