IPFW Professor Says Pence's Performance Unlikely To Sway Many Voters

Oct 5, 2016

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended running mate Donald Trump during Tuesday’s vice presidential debate against Democratic Senator Tim Kaine. But professor Mike Wolf says it’s unlikely very many undecided voters were swayed by his performance. 

Mike Wolf is a political science professor at IPFW. He says Pence succeeded in sticking to Trump’s policy proposals, like immigration and national security. But Wolf says research shows there aren’t many undecided voters who watch vice presidential debates.

“It’s not necessarily known whether or not the vice presidential debate would toss somebody over or not, because those are not the people (that) people are actually voting for,” Wolf said.

Pence and Kaine agreed with each other on implementing community policing, where officers are encouraged to get to know local residents in a community.

“At the risk of agreeing with you, community policing is a great idea,” Pence said. “It’s worked in the Hoosier state. And we fully support that.”

Pence talked about growing up in Indiana, calling himself a “small town boy.” He specifically referenced Fort Wayne, saying Hillary Clinton’s campaign is too positive about the state of the economy, but “people in Fort Wayne, Indiana know different.”

Pence talked about legislation passed during his time as governor, including changes to the state’s criminal justice system.