RNC declares Pence debate winner before start

A student at Longwood University hands out programs before the start of the vice-presidential debate between Republican Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine in Farmville, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

WASHINGTON (AP/WAVY) — The Republican National Committee is declaring a winner before the vice presidential debate even begins.

A blog post was made available on the party’s website claiming victory for Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence. The post also offered a preview of what Pence will talk about. It lists his “top moments” as the economy and “highlighting Hillary’s scandals.”

The website GOP.com said, “Americans from all across the country tuned in to watch the one and only Vice Presidental debate. During the debate, we helped fact check and monitor the conversation in realtime @GOP. The consensus was clear after the dust settled, Mike Pence was the clear winner of the debate.” The blog post goes on to call Trump “the other clear winner” of the debate.

But if you click on the link to the blog post now, you’ll get an error message. 

Pence squares off at 9 p.m. ET against Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine. It is their only debate of the cycle.