October 30, 2020 / Source: The Bizz USA
By Elizabeth Insuasti; Edited by Haarika Kalahasti
The vice-presidential debate between Vice President Pence and Senator Kamala D. Harris was held at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday October 7, 2020 at 9pm EST. It ran uninterrupted for an hour and a half. The vice-presidential debate was moderated by Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington bureau chief.
Although it marked a return to a more traditional affair and wasn't likely to change many voters' minds or shift the trajectory of the race, it showed sharp contrasts between the two parties' agendas for the economy, health care and more. There was far less interrupting, angry cross-talk and fewer personal attacks than in the first presidential debate.
From the outset of the debate, the pandemic was center stage. Spectators were warned not to remove their masks. The candidates sat at desks more than 12 feet apart and separated by plexiglass shields. It also happened to be the first topic. Both candidates frequently sidestepped questions altogether.
Pence didn't answer how a Trump-Pence administration would protect pre-existing conditions if the Affordable Care Act is struck down by the Supreme Court. He also didn't explain what he would do if the president didn't accept the election results or agree to a peaceful transition of power.
Harris refused to answer a question posed by both the moderator and Pence about whether she backed what many liberal activists are pushing: adding justices to the Supreme Court — court packing. Biden also dodged the same question in the first debate.
Both also evaded a question about what they thought states should do if the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, which would leave the states to write abortion laws.
Pence's debate style is almost the polar opposite of the president's. He was calm and disciplined and came prepared to paint the Biden-Harris ticket as captive to the extreme left of the Democratic Party, specifically on economic issues. In several exchanges, Harris sidestepped directly, answering questions from the moderator and instead shifted the conversation to Trump.
Notable Quotes and Moments: