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How to Watch the 2016 VP Debate

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CBS NEWS- The two vice presidential nominees, Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine, are headed toward their first and only debate showdown of the general election Tuesday night at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. -a night that's undoubtedly the biggest moments thus far of their political careers. The balance of the time will be used for a deeper discussion on the topic. Does the IN governor support Trump's descriptions of women and minorities?

Mike Pence is the governor of IN and a former USA congressman. The VP matchup came on the heels of the first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney - an event that pundits nearly unanimously dubbed an Obama failure, throwing his assumed re-election into jeopardy.

Kaine must use every opportunity to press Pence and keep him on the defensive about Trump's record and statements, while helping make Clinton's case that the billionaire lacks the temperament and qualifications to be president, said Tad Devine, a Democratic strategist who was campaign manager for then-Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen when he was Democrat Michael Dukakis's running mate in 1988. She has been working as a journalist since 1994 and for several years was CNN's White House correspondent in the George W. Bush administration.

Barring the unexpected, their 90-minute faceoff is unlikely to alter the trajectory of the presidential race.

Both vice presidential candidates are expected to campaign in the region following the debate.

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For Pence, that record includes supporting, and then opposing, a religious freedom law in IN that effectively allowed businesses to deny service to gay people. Republicans have been moving to the right for some time, and Democrats have been moving left in recent years as well (though not as quickly).

In response to the law, a number of businesses pulled out of moving or expanding in Indiana. He's also in favor of no-amnesty immigration reform. As governor, he has supported measures giving legal status to some children who are undocumented immigrants. Their daughter, Emily Schall Townley, is also a guest. "Pence could be forced again and again to account for Trump's actions". The issue of gun control took on a new relevance following the Pulse Nightclub massacre in June, which marked one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history. But even though he's a gun owner himself, Kaine's version of being pro-right-to-bear-arms doesn't mean turning the country into the Wild West. Only 37 percent of people believe Kaine could do the job, while 41 percent of voters believed Pence could step up to the plate.

Officials say this debate will be similar in style to last week's presidential debate at Hofstra University in that questions will be posed by the moderator and candidates have the chance to respond. "He's an individual that knows how to get things done and can be a true advocate for Donald Trump in regards to dealing with Washington and getting legislation to the finish line by getting together those 218 votes it will take to get enacted", Rep. Tom Reed said Monday.

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