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The Lid: What You Missed Not Watching the VP Debate

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Ratings for last night’s vice presidential debate were the lowest since 2000, proving that, on the list of “Ways to Get Attention in America,” it looks like “being a vice presidential nominee” still ranks slightly behind “dressing like a creepy clown and hiding in the woods.”

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‘16 from 30,000

The ratings are in! And it looks like… apparently some of y’all had plans OTHER than watching the vice presidential debate last night? A combined 36 million folks or so tuned in across eight Nielsen-measured networks, which makes for the lowest viewership total for a VP debate since 2000. With all due respect to the presidential sidekicks, yesterday’s #realtalk about the vice presidential debates remains the same in the harsh light of day today: For all the hoopla, vice presidential debates are highly unlikely to make a big difference when it comes to the national race. That said, last night’s clash did tee up some interesting questions for both presidential candidates at the next debate, most notably for Trump. Does he agree with Pence on Putin? On Syria? Did Pence accurately describe Trump’s plan for undocumented immigrants? Stay tuned!

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FOR THE RECORD…

“He will gut you. And he will walk over your cold, dead body and he won't even flinch."

  • Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, on Donald Trump

TOMORROW’S SKED

Bernie Sanders campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Michigan.

Tim Kaine makes stops in Pittsburgh and Las Vegas.

Mike Pence campaigns in Pennsylvania.