Waaaa! After VP Debate, GOPers Weep That Pence Isn’t The Top Of The Ticket

Lauren Fox contributed reporting.

By the time the vice presidential debate came to a close Tuesday night, many conservatives had concluded that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) had a better debate performance than Donald Trump and were longing for a Republican presidential ticket with Pence at the top.

When asked if Trump could learn anything from Pence’s debate performance, former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), a Trump supporter on hand in the post-debate spin room at Longwood University, said, “Yeah, everything.”

“I thought Pence did a superior job,” Brown added. “Donald Trump, as I said before, missed a lot of easy softball responses last time.”

Conservative pundits on Twitter noted that Pence outperformed Trump, some wishing that Pence was the presidential nominee.

Former Ted Cruz spokeswoman Amanda Carpenter:

National Review editor Rich Lowry:

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol:

National Review writer David French:

Townhall politics editor and Fox News contributor Guy Benson:

Weekly Standard writer Stephen Hayes:

Daily Wire editor Ben Shapiro:

Former Fox News contributor and “The View” co-host Jedediah Bila:

Conservative radio host Dana Loesch:

Daily Caller writer Jamie Weinstein:

Pence even earned praise from Erick Erickson, one of the NeverTrump movement’s leaders:

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest Livewire
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: