While arguments between US Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump make headlines every day, their running mates in the race met on Tuesday for first and only vice-presidential debate of 2016.
Vice presidential hopefuls, Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine clashed in their debate, backing their bosses on various policies and proposals.
Mr. Kaine, a US senator from Virginia, claimed he would be the “right hand person” for Ms. Clinton and attacked their rival Trump saying “the thought of Donald Trump as commander in chief scares us to death.”
“I can’t imagine how Governor Pence can defend the insult-driven, selfish, me-first style of Donald Trump,” Mr. Kaine added.
On the other hand, Mike Pence, 57, reportedly denied that Trump had made controversial statements. Pence argued that Trump’s past remarks were “small potatoes,” when considering that Clinton has described half of Trump supporters as “a basket full of deplorables.”
Criticising Clinton’s foreign policies as Secretary of State, Pence added: “We see entire portions of the world, particularly the wider Middle East, spinning out of control. The situation we’re watching hour by hour in Syria today is the result of the weak foreign policy that Hillary Clinton helped lead in this administration and create.”
Earlier, picking Tim Kaine as the vice president candidate, Hillary had called him “a relentless optimist who believes no problem is unsolvable if you put in the work to solve it”.
Trump announced Mike Pence as his candidate, saying he picked him to promote unity within the Republican Party.
According to recent media reports, polls revealed that Ms Clinton leading the campaign over her Republican rival as he was hammered by controversies over his taxes and his treatment of women.
A report published in The New York Times last week revealed that Trump may have escaped from paying federal income tax legally in the US for up to 18 years after claiming a huge loss in his tax returns.
Responding to the allegations, Trump said that he “brilliantly used” U.S. tax rules to pay less federal income tax.