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A debate, interrupted

Not a great look.

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine answers a question during the vice-presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. CREDIT: AP/David Goldman
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine answers a question during the vice-presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. CREDIT: AP/David Goldman

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine interrupted moderator Elaine Quijano and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence many times during their debate at Longwood University Tuesday night.

Pence and Kaine interrupted each other often, but Kaine’s constant interruptions and dismissal of the moderator, CBS News anchor Quijano, rubbed many the wrong way.

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Republican pollster Frank Luntz monitored how Kaine’s interruptions tanked his favorability with his focus group members in real time:

As the debate wore on, more people began to view Kaine and Pence’s interruptions in gendered terms.

But when it came to the candidates’ treatment of Quijano, pundits tweeted that Kaine seemed to be the more aggressive of the two.

At one point, as Quijano tried to steer Kaine back toward addressing her original question, Kaine responded, “This is important, Elaine,” in a tone that some considered disrespectful.

Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway took advantage of the conversation about Kaine’s treatment of the female moderator.

At the end of the debate, however, people appeared to agree on one thing — Kaine interrupted too often during the debate.