Washington Post columnists and policy experts from the Cato Institute and Brookings Institution previewed the 2016 vice presidential debate and discussed key policy issues. Join us for a reception before programming.
    Program Highlights
    Speaking at The Washington Post's PostPartisan VP Debate Pregame Tuesday, Brookings Institution's Elaine Kamarck said that the best advice she would give a vice presidential nominee would be to "do what the president wants you to do" and to keep themselves "in the loop." According to Kamarck, a former Clinton White House staffer, every vice president has to "struggle" to stay informed within the White House. She notes that some traditions, such as a weekly private lunch that has existed between the president and vice president since the 1970's, have helped keep the vice president "in the loop."
      Speaking at The Washington Post's PostPartisan VP Debate Pregame Tuesday, Cato Institute's David Boaz said both vice presidential nominees will find it challenging to defend their tickets, given their unique personality traits. When questions about Clinton's trustworthiness arise, "Tim Kaine is a good boy scout to have," Boaz noted. Of Pence, Boaz said the "mild-mannered, Midwestern" Indiana Governor will be there to calm Trump down.
        There's a reason why local and state policymakers tend to support TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade policies, Washington Post Global Opinions Columnist said Tuesday night at The Washington Post's PostPartisan VP Debate Pregame. "On the state and local level, they understand that it's in their economic, long-term benefit," Rogin said. "Once the election season is over, then the debate is reset and a lot of the people who are now very cautious -- when they are not up for cycle -- they are allowed to respond to more of the elite constituencies that are influencing them."
          Cato Institute's Michael Tanner said Tuesday at The Washington Post's PostPartisan VP Debate Pregame that both Clinton and Trump are "anti-trade,” and "favor huge, new regulations." Tanner's workplace, the Cato Institute, is a libertarian think tank in Washington D.C. that supports free trade and open market policies.
            7:00 p.m. Up for debate: The role of the Vice President
            Director of the Center for Effective Public Management, Brookings Institution
            Executive vice president of the Cato Institute
            Editor of the “In Theory” blog, The Washington Post
            Deputy Editorial Page Editor, The Washington Post
            7:20 p.m. Beyond borders: Foreign policy priorities for the next administration
            Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution
            Research Fellow, CATO Institute
            Global Opinions Columnist, The Washington Post
            Editorial Page Editor, The Washington Post
            7:45 p.m. Making America: The social and economic issues shaping the nation
            Centennial Scholar, Brookings Institution
            Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
            Right Turn Blog, The Washington Post
            Opinion Writer, The Washington Post
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