How to watch the vice presidential debate, which promises to be an epic battle between two old white dudes
Just over a week after the first presidential debate, the vice presidential debate is already coming your way Tuesday, and the right-hand (white) men of Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will take center stage at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, a pair of level-headed “establishment” politicians who frankly look and behave like suburban dads, might not have the same entertainment factor commanded by Trump and Clinton, but all the same, you should still watch the vice presidential debate, and here’s how.
The debate will, obviously, air on C-Span and all major television networks and cable channels. But because cable TV is pretty much only used by people in Pence and Kaine’s age group these days, various social media outlets are also ensuring TV-less, streaming millennials will have access to the show, too.
Collaborating with Bloomberg, Twitter will once again stream this debate live. Through its live streaming platform, Facebook Live, Facebook will work with AOL to broadcast the event, and YouTube will be live-streaming the debate for news outlets like PBS, Telemundo, and The Washington Post. When watching a debate is made this easy for you, I defy you to come up with one excuse not to watch.
OK, fine. By all appearances, Pence and Kaine do indeed appear to be the most generic, classical politicians out there. After being spoiled by the explosive performances of unpolished, populist hot mess Bernie Sanders, the charismatic and noticeably non-male Hillary Clinton, and the screaming, orange, racist raccoon that was Donald J. Trump, it’s difficult to find normal politicians interesting anymore. But Pence, Kaine, and their values speak a lot to the values of their respective ticket partners, and the kinds of people Trump and Clinton will likely go on to appoint.
Plus, they’re very different people, and it would be a mistake to assume that just because they look similar and have similar political backgrounds they’re the same, or don’t matter. As vice presidents, they’ll influence serious policy decisions on issues like abortion, immigration, wealth inequality, college affordability, racial justice, environmental protection — the list goes on. You could easily run a Google search of their stances, but it’s also worth watching the debate to see how they’ll fight for their stances, and just get a feel for who they really are. After all, you’ll be seeing at least one of them very often over the next four years.
The vice presidential debate will air this Tuesday, Oct. 4 starting at 9 p.m. ET.