The vice presidential candidates — Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine — are set to square off in their first and only debate on Tuesday evening from Longwood University in Farmville, Va., and if you’re tempted to skip watching it, don’t. There’s one big reason you should absolutely watch the vice presidential debate, and it’s because Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are old:
That is because Clinton at 68 and Trump at 70 are relatively old as major party presidential nominees. Indeed, if Trump won, he would be the oldest person to win the presidency — surpassing Ronald Reagan, who was 69 when he was elected in 1980.
This elevates the possibility that, especially if Trump or Clinton won a second term in 2020, Pence or Kaine might be required to assume the presidency upon the incumbent’s unanticipated death or incapacity. And it is for this reason that both Trump and Clinton have chosen younger running mates (Pence is 57 and Kaine is 58) with wide-ranging political experience.
In other words, there’s a better-than-slim chance that Trump or (especially) Clinton could die in office, leaving their vice president to run the show. So you better be familiar with Pence and Kaine before you cast your vote in November.
The vice presidential debate will start at 9 p.m. EST on all major television networks and cable channels. Be sure to tune in.