VP Debate Could Sway Presidential Odds

Kaine and Pence VP candidates

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 8:32 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 8:32 PM GMT

The debate between vice-presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence begins at 9:00 PM ET tonight on all the major networks. A strong showing by either candidate could have a big impact on the presidential betting odds.

 VP Candidates Square Off

It’s truly a sad state of affairs when the vice-presidential candidates are far more presidential than the nominated standard bearers of both parties. Tim Kaine may not have the same political savvy and cunning as Hillary nor does Mike Pence own the same bombast as Trump but let’s face it, isn’t that why they are both far more palatable to the American electorate? These are what presidential nominees are supposed to look and sound like, right?

Sure we haven’t heard much from Kaine or Pence but the mere fact that neither has yet to provide juicy soundbites or nauseating political doubletalk makes both of them a breath of fresh air from the yawning chasm of foul odor emanating from Clinton and Trump. These are the bland, milquetoast candidates we have grown accustomed to before Trump became a political firebrand and the skeletons in Hillary’s closet began bursting through her firewall. It’s like a battle between an accountant and an actuary - only without the humor.

Nevertheless, they will debate tonight and unless one of these lightweights scores a knockout, not much will change with regards to the polls or the presidential betting odds. But what if Mike Pence turns out to be Reagan in disguise or Tim Kaine channels, Jack Kennedy? If one of these VP candidates can reduce the other to a blabbering idiot or force him to say something that is completely counter to his running mate’s stance then we’ve got a show, ladies, and gentlemen.

While that would be good television and get people talking it may also signal a sea change vis a vis the opinions that matter – the undecideds and the independents. If that happens then the presidential betting odds will shift and, depending on who said what, could either doom Trump’s candidacy or vault him from underdog to the betting favorite.

 

The Sportsbooks Say…

The offshore sportsbooks are dealing lines on the outcome of the American presidential race. If you want to back your girl Hillary, then check out the lowest odds found at Intertops dealing the Democrat candidate at -278 or if you’re a Trump guy then you have to get on over to Bookmaker returning +266 on the Orange One.

The offshore markets are also dealing presidential betting proposition wagers on the second debate like what color tie will Trump wear (red is the fave at -175) or will Hillary use the phrase “tiny hands” (Yes +1000, No -2000)? It’s all up for debate but ultimately what it comes down to is that your political opinion can turn into a winning ticket!

 

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