Perspectives: The 2020 Vice Presidential Debate

Headline Roundup October 8th, 2020

Separated by plexiglass barriers, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris sparred over the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic during Wednesday's vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City.

The debate highlighted a number of policy differences between the two parties, though both candidates avoided answering some questions and instead stressed points they wanted to make.

From the Left
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At one point during Wednesday night's vice presidential debate, Mike Pence answered a question about abortion laws in Indiana by discussing Qasem Soleimani. Kamala Harris responded to a question about whether she and Joe Biden would expand the Supreme Court by invoking Abe Lincoln.

Let's say this at the outset: This was a boring, unfocused debate between two well-prepared and polished candidates who had little interest in answering the questions posed to them — and were under virtually no pressure from the moderator to do so.

In other words, it...

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Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris clashed over the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic during their debate on Wednesday, as the White House struggled to contain an outbreak that has infected President Donald Trump and dozens of others.

The policy-heavy, relatively sedate debate stood in stark contrast to last week’s chaotic presidential showdown between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which was marred by Trump’s constant interruptions and personal insults from both men.

Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, along with his age and that of Biden,...

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OPINION

Vice President Mike Pence emerged from the 2020 vice presidential debate Wednesday night with a sound victory over challenger Sen. Kamala Harris. The debate was, of course, calmer and more focused on policy than the presidential debate between Trump and Biden last week. Although it may seem surprising that such conditions would work in favor of the bombastic Trump administration, Pence’s unflappable demeanor and meticulous preparation proved to be his big advantages of the night.

Pence started the evening by mounting a much better defense of the administration’s COVID response...

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