As Tim Kaine spent the vice presidential debate interrupting his opponent and firing shots at Donald Trump, Mike Pence kept his cool and reflected a more traditional version of conservative politics that many Republicans have felt has been missing in the run-up to November.
While the GOP presidential candidate made headlines for constantly interjecting as Hillary Clinton made claims against him during last week’s presidential debate, Trump’s running mate stayed level-headed and calm throughout the 90-minute showdown from Longwood University in Virginia.
The Indiana governor refused to raise his voice and continued to answer questions as Kaine more aggressively cut off his challenger on topics ranging from foreign policy to the recent leak of Trump’s 1995 tax returns.
While Trump has hailed Russia in recent months — Kaine even pointed out that “you guys love Russia” during the debate — Pence argued “the weak and feckless foreign policy of Hillary Clinton” has allowed Russia and President Vladimir Putin to become more influential in the Middle East.
Pence’s stance on foreign policy may reflect a traditional Republican view, but it’s generally inconsistent with Trump’s campaign.
Neither candidate fully articulated how they would confront Putin, but Pence claimed Russia would respect a Trump administration because of “strength — plain and simple.”
Pence also spoke of his Christian faith, going to church and praying before meals while growing up. His beliefs caused him to question how the Democratic party could support abortion and the funding of it with tax money.
“I couldn’t be more proud to be standing with a pro-life candidate in Donald Trump,” he said.