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Republicans declare debate victory for Mike Pence 90 minutes before it begins

The Republican Party’s official website just put out a statement congratulating Mike Pence on winning the Vice Presidential debate that hasn’t happened yet.

A communications staffer for the Republican National Committee (RNC) likely pre-wrote the victory statement and accidentally published it. While the URL to the original post leads to a 404 error as of this writing, the post has been archived for posterity.

The post includes “memories” of things that haven’t happened yet, like what debate topics Indiana Governor Mike Pence focused on, and how the RNC monitored conversations (that have yet to take place) on their official Twitter feed:

Americans from all across the country tuned in to watch the one and only Vice Presidential debate. During the debate we helped fact check and monitor the conversation in real time @GOP. The consensus was clear after the dust settled, Mike Pence was the clear winner of the debate.

Mike Pence’s top moments from the debate:


Highlighting Hillary’s scandals

Mike Pence made the most of his opportunity to debate Hillary’s VP pick Tim Kaine. The other clear winner from tonight’s debate was Donald Trump. His running mate perfectly shared Trump’s vision to make America great again and that message is resonating with Americans all across the country.

Here are screenshots of the archived post:



Both Pence and Virginia senator Tim Kaine — Hillary Clinton’s running mate — will face off in the vice presidential debate tonight at 9 PM Eastern, on CNN. Along with defending Donald Trump’s decision to not release his tax returns, Gov. Pence will likely have his hands full fielding questions from everything about why he refused to pardon an Indiana inmate who was proven to have been wrongly convicted, or why he diverted public tax dollars to gay conversion therapy.


Zach Cartwright is an activist and author from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. Send him an email at [email protected], and follow his work on the Public Banking Institute blog

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