VP debate may be of high interest to AZ voters - Tucson News Now

VP debate may be of high interest to AZ voters

Mike Pence and Tim Kaine are set to debate Tuesday night. (Source: Raycom News Network) Mike Pence and Tim Kaine are set to debate Tuesday night. (Source: Raycom News Network)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A vice presidential debate generally will not move the needle for those at the top of the ticket, but that may not be the case in Arizona.

Arizona is a reliable red state which has been trending purple over the past two election cycles in part because of an increase in Latino registration.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is spending time, money and energy in Arizona in an effort to flip the state in 2016.

In tonight's Vice Presidential debate, former Senator Tim Kaine may attract the attention of some of those Latino voters.

He speaks fluent Spanish from his two years at a Jesuit missionary in Honduras during his youth.

If he uses his speaking skills in the debate, it may help with the vote.

"So I think he will influence more Latinos to go towards him instead of Mike Pence who does not have a relationship with Latinos at all," said US Government teacher Robert Aranda, of the ACE Charter school.

Mi Familia Vota set a goal of 7,000 new registered voters in this election cycle and has nearly eclipsed that goal with several weeks still to go until the election.

As for the Vice Presidential debate itself, it appears it will have a substantial audience despite some voters who say they are tired of the process but will trudge on.

Saying he will watch the debate, John MacDonald said he doesn't think he will learn much "except that we want to get this over with. I'm watching more for the entertainment value."

Another voter, Helen Roman said she will not watch the debate "because I just don't want to. I'm tired of the politics, the media, media coverage and all of that."

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