But, what we watched was a presidential debate that, unfortunately, was had between two vice presidential candidates — and it, ultimately, won’t mean much. But the overwhelming opinion is that the debate did nothing to change the electorate's minds. Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens as Vice President Mike Pence answers a question during the vice presidential debate Oct. 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Harris accused the administration of covering up the spread of the coronavirus and asked viewers what they would have done if they knew in late January what they did in March. —, Soufer: Harris spoke passionately about the tragic consequences of systemic racism and how our country has, and still can, come together to address it. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. In response, Pence accused the media of taking the President's words out of context and said that Trump has repeatedly denounced racist groups. He said: "On Day One, Joe Biden’s going to raise your taxes.". Terms of Use Harris was visibly angry and rattled often during the debate. October 7, 2020 | 11:39pm | Updated October 8, 2020 | 8:44am, Sign up for our special edition newsletter to get updates on the 2020 presidential election and more. Another analyst for The Post, longtime Staten Island Republican political strategist Leticia Remauro, gave Pence the edge. In response, Harris said that she would always fight for a woman's right to make a decision about her own body. Your California Privacy Rights —, Remauro: Pence wins this one. Pence did fine given his team’s record, but offered nothing new for moderate Republicans or swing voters. In a particularly forceful moment, Harris took pointed aim at Vice President Mike Pence over health care, saying that the Trump administration is “coming for you” if you have a preexisting condition such as heart disease or cancer, or if you are over 26 years old and covered by parents’ health care. Mackowiak: Pence’s key moment came when he asked Harris about packing the court — and she declined to answer twice. “Pence won this debate. Harris’ moment came when she hammered pre-existing conditions. Harris said: "First of all, I will repeat and, the American people know, that Joe Biden will not ban fracking. In response to the attack, Pence said that “Obamacare was a disaster” and that he and Trump have a plan to cover people with preexisting conditions, though the Trump administration hasn’t yet released such a plan. —. But Eric Soufer, who worked on the Democratic presidential campaigns of John Edwards and Barack Obama, said Harris came out on top where it most counted — the COVID-19 pandemic. “Is he making those decisions on the best interest of the American People, of you, or self interest?” Harris asked. Deemed by some to be the most important vice presidential debate in American History, take our instant poll to weigh in and also see who viewers think won the 90 minute debate. “It’d be really good to know who the president of the United States, the commander and chief, owes money to,” Harris said referencing Mr. Trump’s reported debts. The third and final debate is scheduled for October 22. “The head of the coronavirus task force had to speak behind Plexiglas because he works in the world’s most infamous cluster,” he said, adding, “Pence’s greatest achievement was remaining cool under pressure of the fly.”. When asked about healthcare for Americans, VP Pence called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare a "disaster". She then emphasised that Mr Biden “believes in science”. Terri Kehrli of Vancouver was last heard from when she texted a photo of her kayaking on the lake, Camas police said. The debate is scheduled for October 15, but Trump said:""I'm not going to waste my time doing a virtual debate.". He put Harris off her game when he stated that she and Biden would raise taxes on Middle America. Suggesting Mr. Trump should do the same with the current opening. The Vice Presidential debate took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, last night Credit: Getty Images - Getty Who won the Vice Presidential debate? We've received your submission. Moderator Susan Page asked the Democratic candidate what would a Biden/Harris administration stance be on the Green New Deal. Just over a week ago, The New York Times reported that Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017 and is carrying a total of $421 million in loans and debt. Harris dodged a direct answer to the question, instead of raising an anecdote about how President Abraham Lincoln deferred a nomination while running for his second term until after the election in order to allow voters to weigh in. However it was announced on October 8 that the second presidential debate between Biden and Trump would be held virtually. Harris undermining confidence in the COVID vaccine. Thanks for contacting us. The Associated Press reported that more than 8,000 Chinese and foreign nationals based in those territories entered the U.S. in the first three months after the travel restrictions were imposed. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Remauro: Pence dropped the hammer on Biden by recounting his plagiarism problems and dominated during the foreign affairs segment. Harris making the case a bit too passionately that she and Biden won’t end fracking, which could alienate some progressives who don’t understand the politics of fracking in a handful of swing states. Vice President Mike Pence looks at Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. 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Harris responded by saying that Biden has vowed not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year. Your Ad Choices Vice President Mike Pence shook his head as she spoke and repeated Trump’s assertions that the reporting is inaccurate. This view was backed up on social media with Republican Bruce Haynes tweeting: "Both delivered content and performances that decided partisans will like. Pence told Page that the President "has made it clear that we're going to continue to listen to the science". She said the Trump administration is “in court right now” trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Officials are looking for a woman who hasn't been heard from since Sunday while kayaking on Lacamas Lake, according to police. 65,708, This story has been shared 59,601 times. She criticized Trump for turning down an opportunity to denounce white supremacists in the first presidential debate. Soufer: Harris on health care — “they’re coming for you.” And saying she wouldn’t take the coronavirus vaccine if Trump said to. And while the lone vice presidential debate didn’t have the fireworks of last week’s showdown between President Trump and Joe Biden, it touched on more substance — when the candidates actually answered the questions. Pence pointed out multiple times that Harris had not actually answered, to which Harris responded that the Trump administration had been packing the federal courts, with “purely ideological” jurists, some of whom are “not competent or substandard.”. "It should be her decision, not that of Donald Trump," Harris added. PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A crowd of people paid their respects for a Black man shot and killed by Philadelphia police by holding a candlelight vigil outside Portland's Justice Center on Tuesday night. Mike Pence and Kamala Harris are both facing a divided electorate. He continued: "President Trump and I have a plan to improve healthcare and to protect re-existing conditions for every American.". When asked what a Biden administration might do to tackle the pandemic, Harris immediately attacked Trump instead, saying, “The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any administration in the history of our country.”. 132,870, This story has been shared 65,708 times. —, Soufer: Pence made the usual case for the three years of job gains, but couldn’t muster a coherent plan for what they’ll do to get us out of this mess. VP Pence countered Harris' attacks and shifted the focus to tax policy and economy. “China is to blame for the coronavirus, and President Trump is not happy about it,” he added. She said: "If you love someone who has a pre-existing condition, they’re coming for you.". Soufer: We all owe a debt of gratitude to that brave fly for finally giving us something to laugh about together in 2020. The U.S. restrictions that took effect Feb. 2 continued to allow travel to the U.S. from China’s Hong Kong and Macao territories for months. “I’m not sure either side made up any real ground.”. 59,601, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved Here’s our panel’s analysis of key portions of the night: Biden campaign cashes in on VP debate's buzzworthy fly, This story has been shared 132,870 times. So far there has not been another Vice Presidential debate scheduled. SALT LAKE CITY — The stage in Utah was set with all the trappings of a modern political debate: Red, white and blue carpets, a backdrop of the Declaration of Independence — and plexiglass. Both sides went on the attack. The Post’s panel of election experts ultimately agreed on one thing: The clear winner was the housefly that landed on Pence’s head and stayed for 2 minutes and 9 seconds. Mike Pence and Kamala Harris debated a wide range of topics including the Green New Deal, Abortion and Covid-19. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The debate was actually good, and even if both candidates spent most of their time filibustering the questions, they did so in a calm and collected way. Harris did better with the health care message, driving her point home clearly and striking fear into viewers who may have pre-existing conditions. Meanwhile, Harris reverses whether, Mackowiak: Pence rightly focused on the Biden-Harris plan to increase taxes by $4 trillion. Both ignored questions they didn’t want to answer,” said Matt Mackowiak, a longtime Republican strategist, podcast host and chairman of the local Republican Party in Austin, Texas. That is a fact.". ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates. Following the lead of President Trump, Pence tried to pin down the Democrats on whether they would attempt to expand the Supreme Court to rebalance a conservative shift during the Trump administration. And while the lone vice presidential debate didn’t have the fireworks of last week’s showdown between President Trump and Joe Biden, it touched … "No minds changed and my timeline and responses support this assessment.". The debate started with a topic that looms large over the upcoming presidential election – a COVID-19 death toll that has surpassed 200,000 in the United States. Both candidates discussed a wide range of topics furthering insight into their campaigns ahead of November. Horrifying video shows man dump pregnant girlfriend's body on Queens expressway, Coronavirus has a scary, lasting impact on our brains, Nxivm sex cult leader sentenced to 120 years in prison, Body of missing rapper found in trunk of friend's car following crash, Some early voters want to change their vote after Hunter Biden exposés, Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.