Mike Pence, as we wrote, has a lot of ammo against Candy Kaine and Pence just got an additional boost from Bill Clinton just in time for tonight’s VP debate. We can’t believe Bill Clinton was this dense. Perhaps Bill is tense and thereby decided to make sense and call out Hillary’s pro-Obama nonsense. Hence, Bill Clinton slammed ObamaCare:
Bill Clinton slams ObamaCare as ‘craziest thing in the world’
Bill Clinton, the husband of the Democratic presidential nominee, knocked President Obama’s signature piece of legislation — the ObamaCare health care law — as “the craziest thing in the world.”
“You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care, and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half and it’s the craziest thing in the world,” the former president railed at a rally in Michigan on Monday.
Clinton also said the system is hurting moderately successful small businesses — the ones that aren’t doing poorly enough to be subsidized and fall just above the line.
Mike Pence can use this issue to attack “good Catholic” Candy Kaine and his support for ObamaCare and the war against the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Mike Pence did not need Bill Clinton’s attacks on ObamaCare in order to fence with Candy Kaine and win. But Bill Clinton’s bout of honesty about ObamaCare helps Pence send Candy Kaine to the hospital, licked, bruised and beaten.
Mike Pence only needs common sense to dispense with Candy Kaine tonight. But ObamaCare is still a big issue. As Byron York wrote, Hillary Clinton has been entirely silent about ObamaCare:
The Affordable Care Act is Barack Obama’s signature achievement as president. It is the Democratic Party’s most important legislative accomplishment in two generations. It is something Hillary Clinton, although she left the Senate by the time ACA became law in 2010, worked for all her adult life.
So why doesn’t Clinton at least mention this great achievement as she campaigns for president?
A look at transcripts of Clinton stump speeches since she kicked off the general election campaign on Labor Day finds the Democratic candidate almost never talks about Obamacare. She doesn’t promise to expand it. She doesn’t promise to protect it. She doesn’t extol its benefits. She just doesn’t mention it.
There’s no doubt Obamacare is in trouble. Enrollment in the exchanges has fallen far short of projections. The purchasers of policies have turned out to be older, and in need of more care, than expected. Major insurers are pulling out of the exchanges altogether. Premiums are going up. Deductibles are skyrocketing, meaning many are left to pay most of their healthcare costs themselves.
Here’s one all-too-common headline, from Bloomberg on Friday: “Near ‘Collapse,’ Minnesota to Raise Obamacare Rates by Half.” The situation is being repeated around the country.
Mike Pence should force corrupt Candy Kaine to defend what Hillary Clinton won’t defend. Candy Kaine should be forced to beat up on the Little Sisters of the Poor on national television.
There is a lot for Candy Kaine to defend. Hillary Clinton has recently been attacking Wells Fargo bank for their corruptions. Mike Pence should force Candy Kaine to attack Warren Buffet who owns a big chunk of Wells Fargo as he raises money for Hillary2016.
Candy Kaine should also address the tax avoidance strategies of Hillary and Bill Clinton, particularly those on their estate Trust. For that matter Candy Kaine should be forced to defend himself for his tax increases record as opposed to the tax cutting record of Mike Pence. It’s dollars and cents, it’s the economy stupid.
For that matter Mike Pence might ask Candy Kaine about the tax avoidance strategies of Hillary and Bill Clinton and why they are aghast at Trump’s tax deductions when they took their tax avoidance schemes so far as to dispense with old underwear, old shower curtains, old jogging shorts, and other junk, in order not to pay taxes.
And as we wrote, Candy Kaine should be forced to explain his own corruptions and profits from money he was given. Candy Kaine has a lot of ‘splaining to do. Candy Kaine should explain his corruptions and the #RiggedSystem in English not Spanish.
The only possible salvation for Candy Kaine tonight from Mike Pence is the bizarre broadcasting of the VP debate at the same time as a big baseball game. We won’t waste our time watching grown men chase balls and get paid handsomely for the childishness. We’ll be watching and reading the comments section for outrageous insults, barbed wire wit, and shouts of jeers and cheers. Debate night at Big Pink is a frat house meets sorority house festival of joy. Get thee hence!
Tonight’s debate might actually matter:
Why Tim Kaine, Mike Pence may be the most important VP candidates in years [snip]
“In terms of age, this is the oldest match up in presidential history, so it may be more important to focus on the VP candidates than in past presidential elections,” Merolla noted. Trump is 70 and Clinton is 68. At age 57, Pence is a year younger than Kaine.
We previously made our predictions and recommendations for tonight’s debate. Byron York has similar views:
Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton is asymmetric warfare. The showdown between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine Tuesday night will be, for the first and only time in this campaign, a symmetric warfare matchup, with a governor and former lawmaker going against a lawmaker and former governor.
But everyone knows the Pence-Kaine showdown will really be about Trump and Clinton. And with Donald Trump under 24/7 attack from the Clinton camp, the Democratic Party, and much of the media, Mike Pence will be the man under pressure Tuesday night at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.
How will Pence deal with it? First of all, he has prepared. A lot. He’s been working since the convention, enlisting a former Trump rival, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, to play Kaine in the debate preps. He has done mock debates. He has gone through four big binders of material multiple times, plus a bunch of videos.
In other words, Pence has done the old-fashioned, conventional-style debate preparation that Trump eschewed. And remember, Pence’s prep is on top of his dozen years in the House of Representatives, with service on the Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, and Agriculture committees, plus three years in the Indiana governor’s office.
But Pence had to prepare for more than questions on jobs, national security, immigration, Obamacare, and other issues. He knows that he must also be ready to be quizzed, or attacked, on virtually every controversial thing Donald Trump has said in the course of a long campaign. That’s something the Foreign Affairs committee did not prepare its members to do.
On that score, Pence has been doing his prep right out in the open. [snip]
The bottom line is, Pence has not shied away from hostile interviews. He knows how the game works in this campaign. And he knows the game will be on in Farmville.
Unlike the man at the top of the ticket, Pence has worked with one team of advisers this whole campaign. They are the ones helping him prepare for the debate. It’s been a thorough process — again, unlike the top of the ticket.
None of that guarantees Pence will win. Tim Kaine has his strengths. But if things go his way Tuesday night, Pence has an opportunity not only to win, and not only to help a Republican ticket that has had a hard week. He has an opportunity to show his boss how it’s done.
In July we wrote that “Pence makes sense” as a VP choice. Tonight we will see if our analysis was correct not only on the rust belt strategy but on the man himself.
Tonight, without recompense, we will watch Mike Pence use eloquence to make an intense yet condensed defense by going on offense with good horse sense and thereby make a dense, no sense, drop his pretense and dispense with his misrepresents in the very state from whence he came.