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US Election 2020: VP Debate between Kamala Harris, Mike Pence ends

Issues such as Covid-19, taxes, economy, jobs, and foreign relations were discussed in great depth at the Vice Presidential Debate between Kamla Harris and Mike Pence which lasted for 90 minutes.

By Harshit Sabarwal | Updated: Oct 08, 2020 08:36 IST
US Election 2020: VP Debate between Kamala Harris, Mike Pence ends
Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence participate in their 2020 vice presidential campaign debate in Salt Lake City. (Reuters Photo)

The Vice Presidential Debate, held at the Utah's Salt City Lake witnessed a civilised and factual discussion between Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence.

Unlike the Presidential Debate- which was a chaotic exchange of views between President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden, Wednesday night’s VP debate saw both Harris and Pence putting forth their opinion on several topics, listening to each other and obeying the instructions of moderator Susan Page.

The debate started with United States’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Harris called the Trump Administration’s handling of the pandemic as the greatest failure in American history. While Pence said that from the very first day, President Donald Trump has put the health of America first adding that a Covid-19 vaccine will be available by 2020. Issues such as taxes, economy, jobs, and foreign relations were discussed in great depth.

The topic of racial killings which has been doing the rounds across the American media, Senator Harris spoke about George Floyd’s death and said that American citizens irrespective of age, race and gender marched shoulder to shoulder towards achieving the objective of equal justice under law. She pointed out at there is a need to reform policing and the criminal justice system in the country. On the other hand, Pence condemned the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd adding that justice will be served.

The debate ended with Harris and Pence highlighting the importance of an election and said that all Americans stand and should stand together towards democracy.

08:22 AM IST

VP Debate between Kamala Harris, Mike Pence ends

The Vice Presidential Debate, which lasted for 90 minutes has ended.

08:02 AM IST

Pence accuses Biden of wanting to pack top court

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08:00 AM IST

Panelists begin debating the final topic of elections

Panelists Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence are now entering the final topic of the debate which is the Presidential Elections. Harris said that Joe Biden has a deep seeded commitment to fight for democracy and to fight for integrity of democracy and to bring integrity back to the White House. Harris urged everyone to vote and criticized Trump's behavior during the Presidential Debate.

07:57 AM IST

President Trump tweets through debate, says Pence 'GREAT'

President Donald Trump is apparently watching the vice presidential debate and thinks Mike Pence is doing “GREAT,” but he’s not so hot about the Democratic nominee or the moderator’s performance, reports AP.

07:56 AM IST

US women organize watch parties for historic VP debate

The US vice presidential debate on Wednesday night will pitch Kamala Harris, the first woman of color on a major ticket, against a conservative male vice president - and some Americans, especially women, are gearing up to watch the fight, reports Reuters.

07:51 AM IST

Kamala Harris, Mike Pence begin debating racial justice

Now the panelists shifted their focus towards racial justice and recent killing of black American citizens by police. Senator Kamala Harris spoke about George Floyd's death and said that American citizens irrespective of age, race and gender marched shoulder to shoulder towards achieving the objective of equal justice under law. She pointed out at there is a need to reform policing and the criminal justice system in the country. Meanwhile, Vice President Pence condemned the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd adding that justice will be served.

07:45 AM IST

Pence blames Obama administration death of humanitarian worker killed by Islamic State

Vice President Mike Pence says hesitation on behalf of the Obama administration is to blame for the death of a humanitarian worker Kayla Mueller, who was killed and abused by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Relatives of Kayla Mueller were among Pence’s guests at Wednesday night’s debate.

07:34 AM IST

Kamla Harris, Mike Pence now begin debating the Supreme Court

Moving from Covid-19, jobs, taxes, climate change and foreign policy, the two panelists have now moved to discussing the United States Supreme Court. Pence praised attorney Amy Coney Barrett adding that she will bring a lifetime of experience and size able American Family to the United States Supreme Court. He alleged that Harris attacked one of Republicans Judicial nominees for being a member of the Knights of Columbus Catholic Church.

07:34 AM IST

VP debate more cordial than presidential debate

The vice presidential debate is much more cordial than last week's raucous presidential debate with frequent interruptions and outbursts. Senator Kamala Harris acknowledged Vice President Mike Pence’s phone call to her the day she accepted the Democratic vice presidential nomination, while Pence acknowledged the well wishes from his Democratic rivals toward President Donald Trump after the president was diagnosed with Covid-19 last week, reports AP.

07:32 AM IST

Trump betrayed our friends, embraced dictators, says Harris at VP Debate

Kamala Harris sharpened her attack on the Trump administration by saying that President Trump betrayed friends, embraced dictators. She highlighted that Russia interfered in the 2016 US Presidential Elections. She also said that Trump's unilateral approach to foreign policy coupled with isolationism led to US pulling out of the Iran Nuclear deal and making the country less safer.

07:25 AM IST

United States lost trade war with China, says Harris

Kamala Harris said that President Donald Trump's trade war with China led to loss of 300,000 manufacturing jobs. She added that farmers experienced bankruptcy and there is a manufacturing recession because of it.

07:21 AM IST

Trump suspended all travel from China, says Mike Pence

During the discussion about China, Vice President Mike Pence said that President Trump suspended all travel from China, the second-largest economy in the world. Joe Biden opposed that decision, he said it was xenophobic and hysterical, reports AP.

07:13 AM IST

Affordable Care Act a ‘disaster’, says Mike Pence at VP debate

Amid the ongoing discussion about the Covid-19 crisis, Vice President called Affordable Care Act- introduced by the Obama administration is a disaster.

07:06 AM IST

US Election 2020: Senator Kamala Harris attacks Trump’s tax bills at VP Debate

Moving from discussing the country's Covid-19 response, Senator Kamala Harris attacked President Donald Trump tax bills by saying that Trump measures economy's strength based on how rich people are. Meanwhile, Pence said

07:02 AM IST

Pence slams Biden on plagiarising Trump's administration plan to combat Covid-19

While the Vice-Presidential Debate is witnessing an element of decency as both panelists- Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence are putting their points, listening to each other and obeying the debate rules, Pence slammed Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden of copying the Trump administration's plan to fight the coronavirus, dredging up charges of plagiarism that helped sink Biden's first presidential run in 1988, reports Reuters.

First published: Oct 08, 2020 05:55 IST