On the question of who won the vice presidential debate Tuesday night, the answer you get is largely determined by whom you ask.
One person who feels Republican Mike Pence clearly emerged the winner over Democrat Tim Kaine is former Kaine staff member Christian Rickers.
Following the debate, Rickers spoke with Breitbart News and commented on the performance of Hillary Clinton’s running mate.
“Kaine should have been himself. I don’t know what the Clintons have done to him. I thought Pence won the debate,” Rickers said.
He continued, “It made me very sad. I’ve never seen him like that. It’s not the Tim Kaine I know. I can’t believe it. Is that what we have been reduced to? Win at all cost and bring out the hatchet?”
Rickers, a lifelong Democrat, is now the executive director of the Trumpocrats PAC.
Prior to the debate, he said, “Tim Kaine is one of the finest public servants I have ever known and he’s a great guy. But he’s not running for president … she is.”
Rickers accused the Clintons of placing blame on the American work force for the increasing rise in unemployment, while they are the ones responsible.
“The fact is the Clintons caused all of this with aggressively pursuing globalist policies that shipped our jobs overseas and on top of that they got rich,” Rickers remarked. “From zero to a quarter of a billion dollars by selling influence all over the world. Shame on them!”
Rickers appeared on Fox News in August and was asked what pushed him to leave his lifelong party and support GOP nominee Donald Trump.
“I came from a very small town, where we had 25 manufacturing plants 20 years ago and now there’s only one, and he is speaking to that. He’s got a plan. He’s talked about that. He’s the only one talking about rebuilding infrastructure and manufacturing,” Rickers said.
He also said that while the media are focused on the 50 or so Washington insider Republicans who support Clinton, there are hundreds of thousands of Democrats across the nation who support Trump.
The Trumpocrat PAC gives those people a base of operation.
Rickers was a delegate for President Obama in 2012, and supported Sen. Bernie Sanders until he dropped out of the 2016 Democratic primary race.