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The Vice Presidential debate was calmer than the previous Presidential debate
October 15, 2020
The second round of the debates featured the Vice President Mike Pence for the Republican Party and Senator Kamala Harris for the Democratic Party. They met at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah on Wednesday, October 8 at 8:00 pm.
Unlike the last debate, this one focused more on issues in the country. The first segment was about the Coronavirus. Pence defended the President saying, “We were able to see the delivery of billions of supplies so our doctors and nurses had the resources and support they needed. And we began, really before the month of February, we started to develop a vaccine and to develop medicines and therapeutics and been saving lives all along the way. ”
Harris retaliated and said, “It wasn’t nearly enough. Whatever the Vice President is claiming the administration has done, clearly it hasn’t worked. When you’re looking at over 210,000 dead bodies in our country, American lives that have been lost, families that are grieving that lost.”
Both Harris and Pence debated back and forth over basic topics like healthcare, the Supreme Court as well as foreign and energy policy. It was especially heated when Pence kept telling everyone that Biden has been wanting to ban fracking, which is hydraulic fracturing, permanently, cutting out fossil fuels altogether.
Harris reassured the people that Biden does not want to ban fracking altogether, but ban them in public places: “I will repeat and the American people know that Joe Biden will not ban fracking. That is a fact.” Harris also took a hit at the President saying how Trump and his administration has been ignoring climate change and revoking important environmental regulations.
Although people watched to hear them debate, most will remember this one because of the fly on Pence’s head. It is said that it seems to be a ‘reoccurring character’ with debates because in the 2016 presidential debate with Clinton and Trump, there was also a fly on Clinton’s head.
This debate will also be remembered for Harris being interrupted so often. When she was trying to talk about taxes saying “Joe Biden has made it very clear, he will not raise taxes on anybody who makes less than $400,000 a year-,” Pence intervened saying “He says he’s going to repeal the Trump tax cuts.”
Harris retorted, “Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking.”
All in all, this debate was calmer and more civilized than the Presidential debate. Although there was some interrupting, it was nothing that wasn’t typical for a debate.
Watch out for the next debate Thursday October 15 at 8:00 pm in Nashville, Tennessee.