With election season well underway, it is time for viewers and voters to tune into the first vice presidential debates. Set to take place Tuesday evening, the vice presidential debate will see Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana at the podiums in Virginia.
The vice presidential debate is set to start at 9 p.m. ET at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Every major television network will be live-streaming the debate.
Elaine Quijano, a CBS News correspondent and anchor for CBSN, will be moderating the vice presidential debate, which will be formatted into nine 10 minute segments, totaling 90 minutes without commercial breaks, Politico reported. Similar to the presidential debate format, both Pence and Kaine will have two minutes to respond.
More than 84 million viewers tuned into Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton's first presidential debate in September, Nielsen reported. But outlets are suggesting the opposite outcome for Tuesday evening's debate.
Because Clinton and Trump are some of the most highly publicized presidential candidates to date (not to mention the second presidential debate follows closely behind the VP debate, and will take place Sunday), the New York Times reported that the VP debate “might be the least anticipated vice-presidential debate in 40 years.”
That’s not to say that viewers won’t be watching. Pence, the Republican vice presidential candidate, will no doubt have to defend Trump’s recent inflammatory comments on veterans, women, Latinos, Muslims and immigrants.
“Ultimately, he’s going to have to explain Trump to people, and his job is probably going to be to mop up whatever mistakes Trump makes,” John Feehery, a Republican strategist not working on the campaign, told the New York Times in an article published Monday.
Kaine, meanwhile, will have to convince Americans who don't like Clinton to get in her corner.