Tonight is the vice-presidential debate; one issue that might come up—and which would be getting more attention if this were a normal general-election campaign and not an insane nightmare punishment inflicted by pagan gods—is that Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence has some pretty extensive ties to the tobacco industry, which ThinkProgress documents here. A rundown:
- His father was an executive for the "Tobacco Road" chain of gas/cigarette/convenience stores and his brother was later its president; Pence himself owned stock.
- He's gotten more than $100,000 in political contributions during his career from tobacco companies.
- He voted against the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which passed the House with a large bipartisan majority.
- He wrote, in a 2001 column that was not exactly a masterpiece of empirical reasoning, that "smoking doesn't kill."
Most concerning of all? Mike Pence may actually be a cigarette:
Do you see it? I see it. Sinister.