The vice presidential debate 2016, featuring Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence, was held at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, at 9 pm ET, and was moderated by CBSN anchor Elaine Quijano.
The debate stretched for 90 minutes and had nine segments to discuss domestic and foreign policy matters. Each of the candidate was given about two minutes to answer a variety of questions on why they support their running mates and their policies.
Kaine said he trusts Hillary Clinton because of her "passion."
"Here's what people should look at as they look at a public servant," Kaine said. "Do they have a passion in their life that showed up before they were in public life? And have they held onto that passion throughout their life, regardless of whether they were in office or not, succeeding or failing?"
"Hillary Clinton has that passion. From a time as a kid in a Methodist youth group in the suburbs of Chicago, she has been focused on serving others with a special focus on empowering families and kids. As a civil rights lawyer in the South, with the Children's Defense Fund, first lady of Arkansas and this country, senator, secretary of state, it's always been about putting others first," he said.
Pence pointed to Trump's business experience as to why he would trust him as president.
"Donald Trump has built a business through hard times and through good times. He's brought an extraordinary business acumen. He's employed tens of thousands of people in this country," Pence said.
Quijano also asked Pence if he thought it was fair for Trump to pay as little tax as possible.
To this, Pence replied, "Donald Trump is a businessman, not a career politician. He actually built a business."
"Those tax returns that were -- that came out publicly this week show that he faced some pretty tough times 20 years ago. But like virtually every other business, including the New York Times not too long ago, he used what's called net operating loss. We have a tax code, Senator, that actually is designed to encourage entrepreneurship in this country," he said.
Quijano then asked the vice presidential candidates their thoughts on law enforcement and race relations.
Kaine said that the solution is to build bonds between the communities and the police.
"Here's what I learned as a mayor and a governor," Kaine said. "The way you make communities safer and the way you make police safer is through community policing. You build the bonds between the community and the police force, build bonds of understanding, and then when people feel comfortable in their communities, that gap between the police and the communities they serve narrows. And when that gap narrows, it's safer for the communities and it's safer for the police."
"That model still works across our country, but there are some other models that don't work, an overly aggressive, more militarized model. Donald Trump recently said we need to do more stop-and-frisk around the country. That would be a big mistake because it polarizes the relationship between the police and the community."
Pence agreed with Kaine on the need to work for closer relationship between communities and the police, but said that reducing crime rate also involves boosting law and order.
"Police officers are the best of us. And the men and women, white, African-American, Asian, Latino, Hispanic, they put their lives on the line every single day. And let my say, at the risk of agreeing with you, community policing is a great idea. It's worked in the Hoosier state. And we fully support that," said Pence.
"Donald Trump and I are going to make sure that law enforcement have the resources and the tools to be able to really restore law and order to the cities and communities in this nation," he continued. "It's probably -- probably why the 330,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Donald Trump as the next president of the United States of America, because they see his commitment to them. They see his commitment to law and order," he reiterated.
Quijano then asked Pence about immigration and how to address the issue of terrorist attacks such as Orlando nightclub massacre and recent bombings in New York and New Jersey by people who are citizens.
Pence replied by saying that it begins with reforms in the immigration system, and "putting the interests, particularly the safety and security of the American people, first."
"I mean, Donald Trump has called for extreme vetting for people coming into this country so that we don't bring people into the United States who are hostile to our Bill of Rights freedoms, who are hostile to the American way life," he said. "But also, Donald Trump and I are committed to suspending the Syrian refugee program and programs and immigration from areas of the world that have been compromised by terrorism. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine want to increase the Syrian refugee program by 500."
Kaine said that they will vet the refugees based on the threat they might pose to the country, and not the basis of the country they belong to.
Quijano then directed their attention to mass killings of civilians in Aleppo, Syria by Russian and Syrian militaries. "Does the U.S. have a responsibility to protect civilians and prevent mass casualties on this scale, Governor Pence?" she asked.
Pence said that the US "needs to begin to exercise strong leadership to protect the vulnerable citizens and over 100,000 children in Aleppo."
He continued to say that the "provocations by Russia need to be met with American strength. And if Russia chooses to be involved and continue, I should say, to be involved in this barbaric attack on civilians in Aleppo, the United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike military targets of the Assad regime to prevent them from this humanitarian crisis that is taking place in Aleppo."
Kaine concurred with Pence on the need to build safe zones for the people living in Aleppo.
"Hillary and I also agree that the establishment of humanitarian zones in northern Syria with the provision of international human aid, consistent with the U.N. Security Council resolution that was passed in February 2014, would be a very, very good idea."
Finally Quijano asked the candidates about their faith, and the role it has played in their lives.
Kaine said that he grew up in family adhering to Irish Catholic faith. "My mom and dad are sitting right here. I was educated by Jesuits at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City. My 40th reunion is in 10 days."
"And I worked with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras, now nearly 35 years ago, and they were the heroes of my life. I try to practice my religion in a very devout way and follow the teachings of my church in my own personal life. But I don't believe in this nation, a First Amendment nation, where we don't raise any religion over the other, and we allow people to worship as they please, that the doctrines of any one religion should be mandated for everyone."
Pence said that his Christian faith is at the very heart of who he is. "I was also raised in a wonderful family of faith. It was a church on Sunday morning and grace before dinner."
"But my Christian faith became real for me when I made a personal decision for Christ when I was a freshman in college. And I've tried to live that out however imperfectly every day of my life since. And with my wife at my side, we've followed a calling into public service, where we've -- we've tried to -- we've tried to keep faith with the values that we cherish," he said.
"So for me, my faith informs my life. I try and spend a little time on my knees every day. But it all for me begins with cherishing the dignity, the worth, the value of every human life," he added.