Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook mentioned on Tuesday in his interview with “CBS This Morning” that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is “panicked” and will resort to slinging “a lot of mud” at the vice presidential debate. He also insinuated that Donald Trump’s camp had a bad week following the presidential debut debate.
“I think the Trump campaign is a bit panicked right now. They need to change the narrative. They need to change the message. They’ve had a bad week. So we’re expecting them to throw a lot of mud,” Mook said. “And it’s going to be very interesting to see how Mike Pence responds to questions about Trump’s behavior in the last week. You know, is he going to defend the way he attacked Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe? Is he going to defend the 3 a.m. Twitter rants? Is he going to defend Donald Trump’s comments about veterans or the fact that he’s proud that he didn’t pay taxes for nearly two decades?”
“So this is going to be a little bit different. Usually this is a test to see if these candidates are prepared to serve as president. I think both of them are regarded as pretty accomplished public servants,” Mook said. “The real question is, is Mike Pence going to defend Donald Trump?”
Nonetheless, Mr. Mook’s statements were answered when the world witnessed the vice presidential debate on Tuesday night.
A composed Mike Pence appeared to be more prepared than Tim Kaine. When asked a series of difficult questions about his boss’ most controversial statements, Pence swiftly turned them into positive descriptions of Trump’s plans, and went on attacking his opponent. On the other hand, Mr Kaine kept interrupting with pre-prepared lines that were less effective for the fact that they sounded constrained.
Regardless of the calm stance the Republican camp sustained all throughout the vice presidential debate, Clinton’s allies scored points with Kaine’s approach of quoting the most extreme of Trump’s comments ranging on everything from immigration to women, and repeatedly asking his rival how he could defend the Republican nominee in the face of these.
In this regard, Pence appeared to avoid getting caught in these arguments. His refusal to rise to the challenge gave the impression that Trump’s comments were too shocking to defend after all.