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Tim Kaine in Raleigh for vice presidential debate prep

Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. holds up books to show the difference between the two campaigns for president, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Portsmouth, N.H.
Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. holds up books to show the difference between the two campaigns for president, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Portsmouth, N.H. AP

Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine has arrived in Raleigh where he’s spending three days preparing for next Tuesday’s vice presidential debate.

Kaine, a senator and Democrat from Virginia, will face Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in the debate – the only time the two running mates will appear together.

Washington attorney Bob Barnett will be playing Pence during the mock debates, according to the Associated Press. Barnett has frequently served as a practice debate opponent in past campaigns.

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign did not release any additional details about why Kaine picked Raleigh or where the prep sessions will take place. The campaign hasn’t scheduled any public events in North Carolina featuring Kaine.

Raleigh is about 120 miles south of the debate venue, Longwood University in Farmville, Va.

Dome notes that Kaine is a harmonica player whose Raleigh visit just happens to coincide with the IBMA World of Bluegrass festivities. The candidate has been known to make surprise musical appearances, so it’s entirely possible he might pop up at one of the impromptu bluegrass jam sessions taking place this week in the downtown Marriott hotel.

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