Security is tight as the two U.S. vice presidential candidates, Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Kaine, prepare to defend their running mates at a debate at a university in the battleground state of Virginia. Diane Hodges reports.
Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence, are preparing to face off here at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. It'll be the first and only debate between the two vice presidential candidates. Pence is likely to face tough questions about whether his Republican running mate, presidential nominee, Donald Trump, paid federal income tax. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HILLARY CLINTON AND DONALD TRUMP ON SPLIT SCREEN, SAYING: CLINTON: "he didn't pay any federal income tax." TRUMP: "that makes me smart." And Trump's treatment of women, after he called former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, "disgusting" for accusing him of calling her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping." (Pics of Tweets) Democratic candidate Tim Kaine faces a home crowd as Virginia's former governor and current junior senator. While it's likely he'll be challenged on Hillary Clinton's private email controversy among other issues, he says his strategy will be simple. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TIM KAINE, SAYING: "Just be myself, I guess." Virginia was once reliably Republican, but now is one of the main battlegrounds in the race. Farmville and hundreds of other small towns that dot America's midsection could prove crucial in the close Nov. 8 election.