Post-Vice Presidential Debate Analysis

Political analyst Matthew Dowd and ABC News' Cokie Roberts weigh in on Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence's performances in the debate and their impact on the presidential campaign.
2:35 | 10/05/16

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Let's talk about more with Matthew dowd and cokie Roberts and pick up on the point Jon was making there. Mike pence, cool, calm and collected through most of the debate. Tim kaine on the attack and putting his points on the board so in the end was there a winner. I think it depends how you judge it. I think Mike pence came out ahead but didn't help the ticket. Didn't help Donald Trump. I think Tim kaine didn't help himself but he helped Hillary Clinton. Mike pence to me was a little bit like a running back that runs well with the ball but doesn't block for the quarterback and let the quarterback get sacked a number of times and that's Donald Trump. Here we go with sports analogies. You knew it was coming. I think he actually -- pence actually did help with the conservatives who were nervous about Donald Trump. He was calm, cool, collected. A solid conservative and will vote for trump anyway but probably made them a lot more comfortable. Kaine helped with women particularly at the end where he talked about roe versus wade and women's ability to make choices themselves. So they were each speaking to their bases so it shows where this campaign is going in the final 34 day, Matthew dowd. They're not really worried much about the voters who are sort of undecided right now. Each side is really trying to speak to their base and get them energized. I think they decided which is probably an accurate assessment that the undecided probably won't vote. The undecideds can't stand either candidate. Don't trust either and is not connected to the campaign and all about movement and watch the polls and they move based upon whose supporters are most energized. Right now Hillary Clinton's supporters have caught up to Donald Trump and I don't think that changed last night. Cokie, I won't doctor what Donald Trump can take away coming up Sunday night. Mike pence in many ways did what Donald Trump should have done, not take the bait. And if he had done it with the momentum he had going into that debate, he'd be in a much better place right now. We'll see if he can do it. He has trouble not taking the bait. People get under his skin and he gets mad. Donald Trump doesn't need to settle substance but figure out the right style and tone. This might be his last big chance Sunday. There's two left but as they go, the ratings drop. He has to win this or it's very difficult for him to win this election. That's a town hall debate with our Martha Raddatz and it is going to be an interesting one for trump to handle because he can't get mad at Jane Q. Citizen like he gets mad at us. Thank you both very much. That is Sunday night right here on ABC. As cokie said Martha Raddatz co-moderating with Anderson cooper of CNN and I'll anchor the live coverage at 9:00 eastern. Now back to ginger.

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