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VP Debate Coverage Guide: How To Watch Mike Pence v Tim Kaine

It’s like Superman v Batman, but not. Start planning your night now

Tonight’s vice presidential debate doesn’t exactly have Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton buildup. Republican Mike Pence once described himself as “Rush Limbaugh on decaf” and Tim Kaine is a former missionary who will most likely attempt to liven up the debate by speaking Spanish.

CBS News’ Elaine Quijano will moderate Tuesday’s showdown between the vice presidential candidates at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Let’s get ready to rumble, or at least shift in our seats.

Just because both Kaine and Pence are considered safe choices within their parties doesn’t mean nothing memorable can happen. And you’ll be there hanging on their every word (or at least listening, for the most part) thanks to this viewing guide.


“CBS Evening News” anchor and Scott Pelley and “Face the Nation” anchor John Dickerson will lead CBS News’ live primetime coverage from 9-11 p.m. ET. CBS News correspondents Nancy Cordes and Major Garrett will provide additional coverage.

Josh Elliott, Vladimir Duthiers and Reena Ninan will anchor the coverage on CBSN, the network’s streaming news service. CBS Radio News will also stream the debate live on its iPhone and Android apps.


Primetime coverage on the network airs from 9-11 p.m. ET, led by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie and “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd. The debate will stream live on both NBCNews.com and MSNBC.com, and on NBC News’ YouTube channel.


George Stephanopoulos anchors the network’s coverage with “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir, chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, ‘World News Tonight’ Saturday anchor Cecilia Vega, “World News Tonight” Sunday anchor Tom Llamas, “Nightline” co-anchor Byron Pitts, Cokie Roberts and and senior strategic advisor Matt Dowd.

ABC’s digital coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET with Dan Harris, Amna Nawaz and LZ Granderson on ABC News’ digital properties and Facebook page.


“PBS NewsHour” coverage will be co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, with David Brooks, Mark Shields, and Amy Walter in studio and NewsHour correspondent Lisa Desjardins on location. In addition to broadcast on PBS stations nation wide, NewsHour’s special will stream on FacebookYoutube , and Ustream.

Fox News

The majority of Fox News’ programming is live from Longwood University, while Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly co-anchor special primetime coverage live from the debate hall beginning at 9 p.m. ET. A team of commentators will join the program for post-debate analysis, including Dana Perino and political contributors Juan Williams and Tucker Carlson.

Coverage will be available on FNC, as well as on additional platforms, including Fox News Radio, Fox News Mobile and FOXNews.com, where the debate will live stream for free without authentication.


CNN will be live from Longwood throughout the day with most of the network’s daytime programming on location. Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will anchor primetime coverage of the debate as the network goes live until 1 a.m. ET.

CNN Digital CNN will live stream the debate on CNN.com’s Home Page and across mobile devices, adding to CNN Politics’ live coverage and analysis including updates from CNN’s Reality Check team.


Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams will anchor coverage from New York with Chris Matthews on location. MSNBC is live from Longwood throughout the day, including a special edition of “MTP Daily” with Chuck Todd.

Fox Business

Neil Cavuto will anchor coverage live from Longwood University. Coverage will be available on FBN, as well as on FOXBusinessGO and FOXBusiness.com, where the debate will be live streamed without authentication.

This page will be updated when additional information becomes available.