The Pence-Kaine debate was supposed to be the exceedingly civil, policy-driven debate, but early on, the two vice presidential nominees found themselves talking over one other as they sparred over Donald Trump's taxes.
Mike Pence, the GOP vice presidential nominee, was asked about a recent New York Times report that showed Trump may have avoided paying taxes for nearly 20 years. After not really addressing the issue the first time it was asked, the Indiana governor said the episode illustrated that Trump "faced some pretty tough times" two decades earlier.
As for not paying taxes, Pence argued Trump used the tax code "just the way it's supposed to be used."
Not surprisingly, this sparked a lively exchange between Pence and Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate, as the two proceeded to talk over one other, a pattern that began from the debate's earliest moments.
"He's broken his first promise," Kaine said of Trump's refusal to release the returns.
"Senator, he's going to release the tax returns when the audit over," Pence said.
Moderator Elaine Quijano eventually implored the two vice presidential nominees to scale back the interruptions, echoing the thoughts of many on Twitter.
Quijano: “The people at home cannot understand either one of you when you speak over each other." AMEN #VPDebate— Gabe Fleisher (@WakeUp2Politics) October 5, 2016
Live look-in at the #VPDebate transcript:— Jeremy Fugleberg (@jayfug) October 5, 2016
Kaine's interruptions are this debate's "sniffles"#VPDebate— Joe Arnold (@joearnoldreport) October 5, 2016