UPDATED with Trump live-tweeting news: In case you’re wondering how Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will handle questions about the GOP White House hopeful’s week during tonight’s one-and-only Veep debate of this election, watch the video above to see what he said today at a campaign appearance.
Meanwhile, the Donald announced today that he will live-tweet the debate, likely goosing ratings for the myriad networks covering it.
Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine — who Politico reports has been practicing for tonight’s faceoff by using hotshot Washington lawyer Robert Barnett filling in for Pence — is expected to try to keep the spotlight on Trump’s behavior since last week’s first debate between the two White House hopefuls. Trump’s Worst Week started with an Associated Press report in which former workers on NBC’s reality series The Apprentice claimed the show’s star rated female contestants based on breast size and the degree to which he would like to have sex with them.
That report competed for attention with a WaPo report that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had ordered the Trump Foundation to stop fundraising in the state over reports it had not submitted to required routine audits. And TV news outlets still aren’t done with the New York Times report on records allegedly showing Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, which could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years.
Kaine also is occupying a hot seat heading into tonight’s debate, what with some recent polls showing only one in three voters thinks Clinton is well enough to serve a full term in office.
CBS digital reporter Elaine Quijano will moderate the 90-minute face-off at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, kicking off at 6 PM PT.
Meanwhile, various TV outlets covering tonight’s ad-free clambake are hoping its ratings top the best-ever 69.9M who watched the 2008 Veep debate, when Democratic Sen. Joe Biden matched wits with Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.