VP debate shows a way forward for Trump

Mike Pence’s calm success against Tim Kaine could be model for running mate
Mike Pence, 2016 Republican vice presidential nominee, right, and Tim Kaine, 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee, are seen on television screens in the media center during the vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine arrive at tonight's debate with three main assignments: defend their bosses from attack, try to land a few blows, and avoid any mistakes showing them unfit to be president. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
TV screens at Tuesday night's debate show Tim Kaine, left, sparring with Mike Pence © Bloomberg

There were moments when watching a high-school chess tournament would have been more interesting. Yet Tuesday night’s vice-presidential exchange offered cues for how Donald Trump should handle the second big debate next Sunday.