The candidates for the vice presidency of the United States, the incumbent Michael Pence and Senator Kamala Harris, debated their proposals for the November 3 elections last night in a meeting in which the COVID-19 pandemic occupied a large part of the discussion.
Contrary to the debate between President Donald Trump and former US Vice President Joe Biden, the debate was not plagued with interruptions and attacks between the Republican and Democratic sides, although there was strong criticism.
Here we summarize the key moments of the debate between the candidates.RELATED
1. The COVID-19 pandemic
While Harris called Trump’s handling of the virus “the greatest failure of a presidential administration in history,” Pence pointed out that the senator’s criticism of California is an attack on Americans facing the disease.
Harris also noted that if the experts recommend it, he will get vaccinated against COVID-19, but that he will not do it if President Donald Trump asks for it.
“If Dr. (Anthony) Fauci (the chief epidemiologist in the White House), if the doctors tell us we should put it on, I’ll be the first in line to put it on, absolutely. If Donald Trump tells us we should put it on, I won’t, ”Harris said in the debate in front of Vice President Mike Pence.
For his part, Pence defended his attendance at an event 11 days ago at the White House, which could have been the focus of contagion between staff of the executive mansion and the president himself.
“My wife, Karen, and I were there, and we were honored to be there. Many people who were at the event, Susan (moderator), many actually took the coronavirus tests, and it was an event in the open air, which all our scientists advise regularly and routinely, ”said the vice president.
2. Health funds
Harris argued that Republicans want to eliminate access to health plans for people with previous medical conditions, to which Pence replied that Obamacare has not worked. Democrats insist that Trump has not presented an alternative in four years.
“If you have a pre-existing condition, heart disease, diabetes or cancer, they come for you,” Harris said. Pence, for his part, denied that the Democrats’ plan is to subtract health benefits.
If you have a pre-existing condition, the Trump administration is coming for you. pic.twitter.com/mf6fux03nR
– Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 8, 2020
3. Women’s rights
Harris and Pence also showed the great differences that separate them on the issue of women’s rights and abortion. While Senator Harris maintained that he will always defend the right of women “to decide about their bodies,” Vice President Pence said he will defend the sanctity of life and said he is “proud” that President Trump thinks the same.
Pence ignored questions about President Trump’s refusal to commit to handing over power or whether he would push for a total abortion ban in his state of Indiana if the US Supreme Court overturned the case law in the Roe versus Wade case.
“I’m pro-life, I’m not going to apologize for that,” Pence said.
4. Interruptions between candidates
Although the Harris-Pense debate was less disruptive than the Trump-Biden debate, on multiple occasions the Democratic senator asked the vice president to keep quiet. The most memorable moment was when Harris told Pence “Vice President, I’m talking.”
However, the tone of both candidates was, for the most part, framed in respect.
“Mr. Vice President, I am speaking.”
Sen. Kamala Harris hit back at Vice President Mike Pence after interrupting one of her answers during the only vice presidential debate of the 2020 election. https://t.co/pnqE2GegbC pic.twitter.com/w29giPiZjZ
– CNN (@CNN) October 8, 2020
5. A fly gets attention
The fly that landed on Pence’s head for two minutes and three seconds was undoubtedly the queen of the night on social media in America and the unwanted guest of the debate. The dark spot on Pence’s white hair mesmerized Americans and sparked a flood of comments and memes on Twitter.Mike Pence during the debate.
Photographs from all angles of the insect were disseminated on the popular social network and even the Democratic candidate for the White House, former Vice President Biden, joined the wave, posting an image of him with a fly swatter in his hand.
“Contribute $ 5 to help this campaign fly,” wrote the Democrat, whose team took the moment to post a tweet with the image of a fly swatter and the caption: “Drive away flies and lies.”
Pitch in $ 5 to help this campaign fly. https://t.co/CqHAId0j8t pic.twitter.com/NbkPl0a8HV
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 8, 2020