>> I can't imagine how Governor Pence can defend the insult driven style of Donald Trump.>> You and Hillary Clinton would know a lot about an insult driven campaign.>> The 2016 campaigns only Vice Presidential debate delivering plenty of sparks, mixed with policy substance, Tuesday night, as the combative and feisty Tim Kaine, tangled with a folksy but unflappable Mike Pence at Longwood University in Virginia.
>> He loves dictators. He's got kind of personal Mount Rushmore. Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-Un>> Please.>> Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein.>> Come on. Did you work on that one a long time?>> Both candidates avoiding any harm to the top of the ticket, but in Pence's case, adding some badly needed gravitas to a campaign seemingly headed over a cliff as Donald Trump fought with a former beauty queen and faced allegations of eluding federal taxes.
>> He went through a very difficult time, but he used the tax code just the way it's supposed to be used.>> Ginger Gibson was in Farmville, Virginia for the face-off.>> We saw Governor Pence do what Donald Trump has struggled to do, which is clearly articulate many of his policy positions and level precise attacks at Clinton.
>> The Clinton Foundation accepted foreign contributions from foreign governments.>> Bringing up the Clinton email server, criticizing some of Clinton's foreign policy positions.>> We see the wider Middle East literally spinning out of control.>> But Kaine getting in his own licks, connecting when he invoked conservative icon Ronald Reagan, to plant fears about Donald Trump having the nuclear codes.
>> He said the problem with nuclear proliferation is that some fool or maniac could trigger a catastrophic event. And I think that's Governor Pence's running mate is exactly who President Reagan warned us about.>> Come on, Senator. Senator, that was even beneath you and Hilary Clinton. And that's pretty low.
>> Additionally, there was a lot of discussion about Russia.>> Mike Pence tried to argue that Donald Trump doesn't praise Putin, that he saw him as a small and a bully. He was repeatedly critical at Putin. However, we do know that several times, Donald Trump has praised, Putin has called him a strong leader.
>> Trump meanwhile, there in spirit, and of course on Twitter. The only Republican nominee to ever live tweet his running mate's debate performance. Pence setting up Trump for a potential comeback after a stumbling first debate, when he and Hillary Clinton meet for their second debate on Sunday, in St. Louis.