FARMVILLE, Va. (CBSNewYork) — A focus group conducted by CBS News contributor Frank Luntz overwhelmingly agreed that Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence won the debate against Democratic nominee Tim Kaine.

There are 26 people taking part in the focus group during the vice presidential debate being held at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Luntz said 22 people in the focus group think Pence won, while only four believe Kaine did.

Luntz said Kaine was guilty of cutting off Pence frequently during the debate.


“Kaine is interrupting too much,” Luntz tweeted. “The focus group wants the moderator to lay down the law and shut him up until it’s his turn.”

The debate was moderated by CBS News’ Elaine Quijano.

“Mike Pence is winning because Tim Kaine cannot debate like an adult without interruptions,” Luntz tweeted.

“Kaine came off as a jerk. I actually like that guy and I was really disappointed in him,” one person in the focus group said.

However, another person said, “I thought Kaine won because Kaine focused on the issues that mattered to the inner city and the people.”

“Face the Nation” moderator John Dickerson called Tuesday night’s debate a “bickerfest.”

“Face the Nation” moderator John Dickerson called Tuesday night’s debate a “bickerfest.”

“Tim Kaine, from the word go, was interrupting and kept interrupting all night. He seemed insistent on getting across the bad news about Donald Trump. He repeatedly tried to get Mike Pence to defend Donald Trump, and often Gov. Pence resisted that temptation,” Dickerson said.

He continued, “Unlike Donald Trump in the last debate, Mike Pence was well prepared and he didn’t take the bait and in many instances he just let Tim Kaine keep interrupting.”

This is the only vice presidential debate of the election season.

Comments (224)
  1. Buzz says:

    Kaien is a clone of lying Hillary. Second half of dumb and dumber.

    1. john says:

      Kaine can lie just like Clinton a professional liar!

    2. Mike Stuhr says:

      Or Beavis and But whole.

  2. Michael Bowen says:

    Can you imagine Kaine in charge of our country if something happened to Hillary, talk about double jeopardy. What a bombastic ass! I tuned in to list to the vision each of these men had for the country. The only one presenting ideas is Pence, but some jerk keeps interrupting him and the moderator in not much better. NO professionalize has been shown by Kaine and I see No vision coming from the left, just that they hate Trump.

    1. Don says:

      You hit the nail on the head.

    2. John miller says:

      Kaine had me screaming at the TV to let Pence answer…

  3. Noma says:

    kaine and ole’ hil make a great team….they are equally rude, crude and evil

  4. maxtheshoe says:

    Kaine is an extreme leftist, they don’t (won’t) debate…it’s like dealing with a 2 year old child.

    1. Kaine is so far left, he makes Hillary look like William F. Buckley.

    2. I’d heard that he wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. Tonight he proved it.

  5. doral hemm says:

    I’m a Canadian – so no dog in this fight. But … Kaine is acting like a petulant spoiled brat. The moderator is doing a terrible job. Pence looks and talks like a thoughtful man. No contest. Pence is the winner.

  6. Had to turn the ‘debate’ off. Kaine is a disruptive jerk. Interrupting and talking over pence and the weak voiced moderator, couldn’t understand the questions or responses for the flaplips of kaine. Kaine is a pain…new slogan

  7. Dave says:

    When are you gonna release your taxes ? When are you gonna release your taxes ? After she releases the emails, I hope.

  8. boblarkin says:

    Kaine’s relentless interrupting combined with the moderator’s total failure to control him was so offensive and disconcerting that I had to turn it off. I can’t watch it.

  9. Mac says:

    My Mom said Kaine is Obnoxious. She hates him!

  10. retired41 says:

    kaine is a troll

  11. flynny says:

    Kaine is lying his way through this, he acts like a lunatic.

    1. sonja yagel says:

      Kaine acts like someone unbalanced in the head. That creepy smirk was a real turnoff

  12. Edith Levine says:

    Kaine does not have the temperament to be Vice President

  13. Tim Kaine appears to be permanently perturbed. Of course, he spends a great deal of time with Hillary.


  14. Wilbo says:

    Wow, as unlikeable as Hillary is, Kaine has managed to out weasel even her. I literally hate this guy, and I don’t like to hate anyone. And what a rude and lying S.O.B

  15. Roy says:

    Kaine has that perpetual goofball smile but democrats say he really is a fighter.

    1. Deplorable Infidel says:

      He looks like The Grinch.

  16. Steve says:

    Kaine interrupts talks in circles and is downright rude…

  17. Kaine needs to keep interrupting.

    This will ensure that voters despise him almost as much as they hate Hillary.

  18. Greg Wangler says:

    What was Tim Kaine doing that was so important tonight that they had to send a Tim Kaine robot with pre-recorded messages to a VP debate?
    Sic semper tyrannis, Timmy.

  19. yardman says:

    Kaine being described as an “agitated moron.”

  20. Ozzonelayyer says:

    I’m glad she isn’t stopping him. It lets all the world see who Hillary picked to be her right hand PERSON.

  21. dlmstl says:

    Granny Pants right hand person?!!!!!! Looks like she’s got Kaine’s family jewels in her testicle lock box. You think Gloria Steinem or Ellen D got the neutering gig? This guy looks and acts like Major Frank Burns from MASH. He even bears a certain resemblance to old ‘Ferret Face’.

  22. gobolts says:

    If Luntz says his focus group has Pence winning, its probably really bad because Luntz is as big a Liberal as Kaine

    1. Ozzonelayyer says:

      Excellent point.

    2. Chas.Youngs says:

      Pence had to gently inform Kaine and show viewers that Kaine was intentionally missquoting Trump.

      “Sen. Kaine…You wipped out that Mexican missquote again”
      Pence nailed him on that one….Pence never missquoted Liary Clinton.

      So that one.,.,,,Pence = 1. Kaine = 0

      Childish desperate derailment by interuptions are not making things better

  23. Dave Allen says:

    I love Kaine he’s a fighter and will F U up!

    1. Deplorable Infidel says:

      He is a creep just like you.

    2. Ozzonelayyer says:

      LOL. He can’t even say he’s a man. Some fighter. LOL.

    3. Letonqua Jackson says:

      Kaine makes you wet huh?

      When in the man you say you love having his baby? Looks like he’s about to pop any day!

  24. Robert G. says:

    Just remember if Hillary is elected and something happens to her this moron (Kaine) will be president of the USA

  25. Every site I’ve been to people are posting that Kaine comes off as creepy.

  26. William Clark says:

    waiting for Pence to bring up Benghazi

  27. Dave says:

    Only thing I’ve learned so far if Kaine is an immature p***k, and the moderator needs to slap that a**hat the heck down.

    How rude and unprofessional!

    1. Instead she cuts Pence off continuously. But lets Creepy Kaine go on and on and interrupt.

  28. ferd says:

    Kaine is a Marxist Liberation Theology Catholic so lying comes easily to him

    1. Sol says:

      The Jesuits invented marxist liberation theology. Kaine admitted he is Jesuit.

  29. John Day says:

    Kaine is a whinny little beotch, jerk, petulant child, very creepy, BUT he is NOT more unlikeable than hilLIARy.

  30. rs says:

    I was hoping Pence would finally stop a moment and say ‘Senator Kaine will you PLEASE refrain from constantly interrupting me? Over and over and over. It’s extremely rude.”

  31. DMaria Berry says:

    Kaine reminds me of the Penguin in Batman; he squeals in a high squeak and is defending a criminal corrupt Hillary history in her entire life in the Government as well as a crooked lawyer.

  32. Kathy Cokus says:

    The moderator is doing a horrid job. She is not stopping Kaine from interrupting! I see extreme bias. I do not like her one bit!! Not allowing Pence to finish a sentence.

  33. GreenLanternMD says:

    Tim Kaine “debates” like a 10 year old.

    1. Pence was head and shoulders above the scripted imbecile What an embarrassment Kaine turns out to be..

      1. GreenLanternMD says:

        …and with Hitlary’s questionable health, is this someone whom anyone sane wants next in line? Seriously?

  34. greg says:

    Kaine is a blabbermouth and a political hack, plus the guy has no manners!!!!!

  35. yardman says:

    Kaine is costing Hillary – what a jerk. Very unlikeable.

  36. whooosh says:

    Typical behavior for a liberal. When you say something they don’t like or something that makes a real valid point, the liberal will interrupt and talk over you in order to shut you up. Very rude.

  37. V L Storm says:

    Kaine is embarrassing. I would like to hear what Pence has to say, but attacking for everything back to Nixon is a little ridiculous. Moderator has or does not want any control over him.

  38. Danny Walchle says:

    Anyone think Kaine reminds them of Frank Burns on MASH?

  39. DEE DEE says:

    KAINE is further Proof that Hillary uses Poor Judgment … He’s an Imbecile !!!

    1. yardman says:

      Excellent point!

  40. Sherry Gerald says:

    Kaine is obnoxious!

    1. Contra Ventus says:

      Kaine is a ‘Liberation Theology’ follower. He believes intimidation and violence are part of the Catholic canon. He’s definitely scary. If you know the history of South America, then you know narcos, communists and ‘liberation theologists’ were all in bed together. Violence, up to and including numerous bombings that took the lives of journalists, politicians and civilians, were all supported by this very anti-Christ-like, ‘liberation theology’.

      I somehow remember phrases like ‘turn the other cheek’ rather than the more Islamic arguments used by Kaine and Liberation Theology.

  41. Kathy Cokus says:

    Kaine is like a rabid dog. He is rude, crude, unlikeable and acts like a two year old child. OMG!!! I want to smack him!!!!

  42. Anne says:

    Timmy is Even LESS likable than Hillary!!!

    1. DMaria Berry says:

      Wow, I was thinking the same thing. Listening to Kaine and Hillary is worse than sitting in the dentist chair1

  43. I had to shut off the Television as it was like watching a normal Person(Pence) Debate a combination of Red Skelton and Larry Fine.

    1. yardman says:

      I shut it off after 40 minutes of the moderator allowing Kaine to interrupt at will and then telling Pence to let Kaine have his two minutes.

  44. Mike Moore says:

    That democrat guy is creepy man…..

  45. Andrew Mckim says:

    Kaine comes off like a whiny little bitch.

  46. gobolts says:

    Pence looks Vice Presidential; Kaine looks like a petulant child next to him.

  47. Rod Tod says:

    Kaine is being an idiot…shut up….let us hear both sides.

  48. dan says:

    Kaine comes across as a jerk.

    1. Fred Stevens says:

      Well, he’s a liberal…so….. IS a jerk.

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