Vice presidential candidates debate: Who’s on the winning ticket?

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FARMVILLE, Va. (Gray DC) -- The vice presidential candidates will have an hour and a half in the spotlight to convince voters that they’re on the winning ticket.

They will face each other for the first time at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Recent polls show that many voters say they still don’t know enough about Hillary Clinton’s running mate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Donald Trump’s running mate Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind.

On the small Longwood campus there’s great excitement. Students in Professor William Harbour’s class came up with the idea for Longwood University to host a debate.

“I said yea lets get the debate here. Let’s get a debate here,” said Harbour.

Harbour, an expert in politics, says the vice presidential candidates have the chance to change the national discourse.

“Maybe we will see for the first time in this very, very long and ugly campaign a kind of discussion that people in a democracy need to hear about the issues,” said Harbour.

Harbour says Kaine and Pence will likely need to defend Clinton and Trump during the debate and spend time explaining their controversial positions and actions.

“We see two candidates on the top of the ticket that have the highest unfavorable ratings in recent history,” said Harbour.

Nine vice presidents have unexpectedly gone on to become president because of death or resignation. So for voters, this debate a true test of whether or not the vice presidential candidates are ready to lead the nation.

“I think the audience will take a measure of each person and see who is up to the job,” said Harbour.

This is the only time Kaine and Pence will face off. Then it’s back on the campaign trail with just a month until Election Day.

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