Republican and Democratic supporters both claim victory in the U.S. vice-presidential debate. Paul Chapman reports.
In the immediate aftermath of the U.S. vice-presidential debate campaign chiefs on both sides of the political fence were claiming victory. (SOUNDBITE)(English) JOHN PODESTA, CLINTON CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN, SAYING: "Mike Pence simply couldn't explain or defend what Donald Trump has said on the campaign trail and the hateful and divisive kind of campaign that he's run." (SOUNDBITE)(English) TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER KELLYANNE CONWAY SAYING: "I think it was a very very rought night for Tim Kaine and the Hillary Clinton ticket and really great night for Mike Pence and our ticket." Lawmakers were equally divided on the outcome of the one and only clash between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine. (SOUNDBITE)(English) VIRGINIA SENATOR MARK WARNER SAYING: "Pence would not defend Trump's statements and just acted like Trump didn't say those things." (SOUNDBITE)(English) REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN MIKE POMPEO SAYING: "Tim Kaine was obsessed by it tonight, he was literally obsessed with Donald Trump's taxes." A CNN/ORC snap poll gave Pence 48 per cent support against his rival's 42 per cent. The second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is due to take place on Sunday in St. Louis.