By Garth Kant and Chelsea Schilling / WND
WASHINGTON – With just five weeks left until Election Day – and at least a dozen states already collecting early ballots – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s right-hand men faced off Tuesday in the one and only vice presidential debate this election season.
The 90-minute event featured Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and took place at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano moderated.
At the beginning of the debate, Pence dominated by listing the issues — Obamacare, the Clinton Foundation and Clinton’s email server — that Trump failed to mention at the first presidential debate.
He noted, “The Clinton Foundation accepted foreign contributions from foreign governments when she was secretary of state.”
However, Kaine repeatedly interrupted with attacks on Trump.
Nonetheless, Pence drove on through the interruptions from both Kaine and Quijano, and he delivered some stinging rebukes of Clinton and Obama’s policies.
Terrorism: Under Hillary ‘ISIS was able to grow’
One of the most memorable exchanges of the debate came after Kaine claimed the terror threat against America has decreased.
“To beat terrorism, there’s only one candidate who can do it, and it’s Hillary Clinton,” Kaine said. He said she was at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 and was part of the national security team “that wiped out bin Laden.”
Kaine said she plans to disrupt financing networks and work with allies to share intelligence.
“Donald Trump can’t start a Twitter war with Miss Universe without shooting himself in the foot,” he charged. “He does have dangerous ideas. He trash talks the military. … He wants to tear up alliances (like NATO). … He loves dictators. Vladimir Putin, Moammar Gadhafi and Saddam Hussein.”
He continued, “And last, and most dangerously, Donald Trump believes that the world will be safer if more nations have nuclear weapons. He said Saudi Arabia should get them, Japan should get them, Korea should get them. And when he was confronted with this, and told wait a minute, terrorists can get those, proliferation could lead to nuclear war, here’s what Donald Trump said and I quote, ‘Go ahead folks, enjoy yourselves.’
“I’d love to hear Gov. Pence tell me what’s so enjoyable or comical about nuclear war.”
Pence replied, “Did you work on that one a long time? Because that one had a lot of really creative lines in it.”
Kaine shot back, “Well I’m going to see if you can defend any of it.”
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