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Scott Walker is playing Tim Kaine to help Mike Pence prepare for debate

Louis Weisberg, Staff writer

Gov. Scott Walker is helping GOP vice presidential candidate Mick Pence prepare for his Oct. 4 debate against Democratic candidate Tim Kaine.

A Republican familiar with the debate preparations told CNN that Walker is playing Kaine in Pence’s debate preparations.

Walker and Pence are political allies. Both strenuously fought against same-sex marriage, with Pence going so far as to enact a law allowing people to discriminate with impunity against gay and lesbian couples. The so-called “right to discriminate” law cost Indianapolis millions of dollars in lost convention and tourism dollars and prompted some companies to cancel their plans to expand into Indiana.

Pence’s re-election prospects as governor were dim, with his approval rating mired in the 40s before Trump tapped him as a running mate.

Walker’s approval ratings as governor are even lower. After half a year in the upper 30s, his approval rating hit 40 percent in the most recent Marquette University Law School poll.

As for debating skills, Walker was doing well in his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination prior to the debates. But his poor performance knocked his support down into the single digits, prompting him to be the first candidate to drop out of the race.

At the time he dropped out, Walker said that others should follow his lead in order to ensure that Donald Trump didn’t secure the nomination. So it’s ironic that he’s now actively working for the Trump-Pence ticket.

Walker is still trying to retire his campaign debt from his brief run for the presidential nomination. He’s employed some standard tactics as well as some unique methods to eliminate his persistent debt.

The Oct. 4 debate will be held at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.


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