#VPdebate became a trending topic among voters including celebrities from both sides

By Karen Mizoguchi
Updated October 05, 2016 12:10 PM
Credit: AP Photo/Julio Cortez

All eyes were on the first and final vice presidential debate on Tuesday, and all fingers were tweeting away.

Tim Kaine and Mike Pence faced off at Virginia’s Longwood University just 35 days ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Throughout the 90-minute showdown there was a heavy social media presence as #VPdebate became a trending topic among voters — including celebrities from both sides.

Hillary Clinton‘s famous supporters rallied around Kaine, with Josh Gad, Uzo Aduba, Maria Shriver and John Legend among those praising the Virginia senator’s responses.

Meanwhile, former Celebrity Apprentice star and Donald Trump supporter Omarosa Manigault supported the Indiana governor.

Late-night hosts Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah livestreamed the debate on their respective Facebook pages. Colbert enlisted the help of kittens to garner audiences, while The Daily Show poked fun at their bland reputations.

Many tweets focused on Pence’s failed opening remarks, during which he misstated Longwood University, the school hosting the debate.

“Thank you to Norwood University for their wonderful hospitality and commission on presidential debates. It’s deeply wonderful to be here,” he said. Norwood University quickly became the subject of memes and jokes, even garnering a Twitter handle.

In addition, there were a plethora of dad jokes aimed at both candidates.

And while many were focused on Kaine and Pence’s every word, their running mates Clinton and Trump made sure their voices were still heard via live tweets.

Finally, although many people were not expecting much from the VP debate, some admitted they were proven wrong.

The general consensus among social media users appears to be, as Dan Rather put it: “Each of these men is more articulate than either of the Presidential candidates.”