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Walter Mondale Thought VP Debate Was Not the ‘Discussion That Voters Deserve’

mondaleNew York Times invited former Democratic Vice President Walter Mondale to weigh in on the 2016 Veep debate, publishing his responses to the fiery face-off between Republican Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Kaine, which he delivered to a Times reporter in a series of email exchanges.

“We are not having the discussion that voters deserve,” he told the Times‘ Alexander Burns.

Mondale’s repeated complaint was that so little of the discussion was devoted to the actual vice presidency, what that meant to each candidate, and what they planned to do with that office.

“Did we learn anything we really needed to know?” Burns asked.

Not much,” said Mondale. “I’m astonished that not one question was asked about how they saw the elements of the vice presidency.”

He also observed, “Pence is filibustering, paying no attention to fairness in time allocation. I wish Kaine would hit Pence far harder for his behavior.”

You can read the complete exchange at the Times.

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