Given the fact that Mike Pence’s record on LGBT issues is really, really radical (if you need a refresher, click HERE), why didn’t Tim Kaine take the opportunity to bring that up at some point in last night’s debate.
Rachel Maddow sees it as a missed opportunity:
On this issue, what Chris was just talking about there about the issue about how that one attack and that one story about Trump’s past has really stuck to him this week with that Ms. Universe thing. I was surprised, especially the way that Tim Kaine approaches this, that we didn’t get more about how Governor Mike Pence has behaved on feminist issues, on reproductive rights issues — we got there a little bit — but specifically on LGBT issues.
Because it has really been a centerpiece of Pence’s career. She adds:
I mean, I don’t think that because I’m gay I was looking to hear more of it than most people were, but I mean Mike Pence is really famous for having pushed the most aggressive pro-LGBT-discrimination bill in the country, having to really embarrassingly walk it back. When he was in Congress, he said that HIV and AIDS funding should not be disbursed unless it was also spent — federal dollars — spent to try to cure people from being gay. I mean, he’s got a really, really, really radical position and history and current positions on gay issues. It didn’t come up at all. We did hear a little bit to reproductive–
Asked why it didn’t happen, Maddow responds:
I think that the debate was essentially curated, it was essentially led as if it was refrigerator poetry. Honestly, I think the topics were alphabetical. You can’t have somebody who’s been a religious right warrior his entire public life and get to one question on what was described as social issues in the last three minutes of the debate and can think that you are actually having these guys engage on what they’ve fought about.