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Vice Presidential Debate Recap: Pence and Harris Clash

Wednesday night's first and only vice presidential debate of 2020 brought Vice President Mike Pence to the stage against Senator Kamala Harris.

Posted: Oct 8, 2020 10:54 AM
Updated: Oct 8, 2020 11:09 AM

On Wednesday night, the first and only vice presidential debate of 2020 between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris was held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Topics covered within the 90-minute debate ranged from the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery, healthcare, the environment, fracking, the Green New Deal, and more.

During the debate, Harris and Pence traded blows over the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has now claimed the lives of more than 210,000 Americans throughout the country, with Harris harshly criticizing the Trump administration's response.

"The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country," Harris said on Wednesday night.

Pence made his own share of remarks towards Harris and the Biden campaign, calling Harris' statements not "facts" but "opinions".

"Senator Harris, you're entitled to your own opinion, but you're not entitled to your own facts," Pence said in response to Harris' claims that Americans with pre-existing conditions would lose certain healthcare benefits and protections.

Both Trump and Biden alike took to Twitter in support of their running mates following the end of the vice presidential debate on Wednesday night, with Trump proclaiming, "Mike Pence WON BIG!," and Biden saying, "Kamala Harris, you made us all proud tonight."

Questions now surround the fate of the next presidential debate after United States President Donald Trump announced he had tested positive for COVID-19, which led to the Commission on Presidential Debates moving the next presidential debate's format to a virtual one, which Trump said he'd have no part in.

If you missed Wednesday night's vice presidential debate, you can watch the full thing by clicking here.



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