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Why the Vice-Presidential Debate Does and Doesn’t Matter

According to a poll carried out for ABC News late last week, more than forty per cent of Americans can’t name the two major-party candidates for Vice-President. Journalists, myself included, bear some responsibility for that sad state of affairs. During the entire campaign, I’ve written about each Veep contender once—Tim Kaine when he was picked, Mike Pence when he refused to apply the word “deplorable” to David Duke, the former Klansman who is supporting Pence’s running mate.
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