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This is how the invective-and-insult campaign of the two presidential candidates has contaminated American politics: Two of the dullest, most dutiful public figures in the United States – piously religious men with the air of rural town-hall clerks – spent 90 minutes in the vice-presidential debate hectoring each other, demeaning the other’s presidential nominee, shouting over each other, and displaying a colourful assortment of facial gestures that no Grade 3 teacher would tolerate for long.

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