GOP Congratulates Mike Pence On His Debate Victory, Hours Before the Debate Even StartsAnna Merlan10/04/16 7:53pm10616EditPromoteGo to permalinkIt was truly a nail-biter: which vice-presidential candidate would the GOP declare the winner of tonight’s debate? Mike Pence? Mike Pence? Mike Pence? Tim Kaine’s skin, draped haphazardly over Mike Pence, peering out from beneath?