Many viewers felt particularly irritated by Kaine’s propensity to interrupt, something which he did 70 times over the course of the debate:
Tim Kaine keeps interrupting and is coming off as an obnoxious, arrogant bully. #VPDebate
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) October 5, 2016
Tim Kaine will unite Americans by interrupting every last one of them.
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) October 5, 2016
Tim Kaine cannot stop interrupting. He is coming off extremely defensive, petty, and untrustworthy just like his running mate #VPDebate
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) October 5, 2016
Other viewers picked up on the fact Kaine seemed to be very nervous, which was evident in both his speech and his body language:
Tim Kaine looked like Richard Nixon in the famous LOSS to JFK.
He looked sweaty and nervous.
— John (@NobamaDotCom) October 5, 2016
Tim Kaine is losing it early. Can't stop moving his hands. Anxious for sure. Looks nervous and angered
— Tim Biddle (@beitledudeguy) October 5, 2016
Tim Kaine is so nervous. Anytime pence is making a good point, Kaine just interrupts and starts yelling. Embarrassing performance from him
— Griffin Peeples (@gpeeps22) October 5, 2016
Many, including members of the mainstream press, were critical of Kaine’s overall performance, which was seen as condescending, arrogant, and over-rehearsed:
— Lois Romano (@loisromano) October 5, 2016
My take: Kaine turned in a worse performance than Dan Quayle. https://t.co/snEVBAYEsO
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) October 5, 2016
— Mike Barlow (@mikebarlow2) October 5, 2016
Whose performance hurt Hillary more in the past day?
a) Bill Clinton, her husband
b) Tim Kaine, her runningmate
c) both of the above
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 5, 2016
The general consensus, even across pro-Clinton media, was that Pence was the winner of the debate:
— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) October 5, 2016
— Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) October 5, 2016
— Fox Nation (@foxnation) October 5, 2016