Vice Presidential debate recap

Mariam Mackar
Created: October 08, 2020 10:14 AM

The Vice Presidential candidates faced off last night for their only debate before the November election. They touched on everything from health care to the President's taxes and the Supreme Court- but it was the coronavirus crisis that dominated the night.


And civility between the candidates did not stop them from sparring on those hot button issues. On the topic of a vaccine for the virus, Senator Harris came in firmly- casting doubt on the current administration's ability to get one to the American people safely.

"If Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us that we should take it, I'll be the first in line to take it, absolutely," said Harris. "But if Donald Trump tells us I should take it -- that we should take it, I'm not taking it."

The moderator also pressing Pence - the head of the coronavirus task force - about what  appears to have been a super spreader event at the White House with Pence only responding that the event was outdoors like doctor recommendation suggested. And with supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation just days away, that issue was another point of contention.

Pence said, "The president and I could not be more enthusiastic about the opportunity to see Judge Amy Coney Barrett, become Justice Amy Coney Barrett."

At one point Pence asking Harris point blank - if elected  would the democratic ticket "pack the supreme court" as political retaliation for Barrett? This led to a bitter back and forth between the candidates. On healthcare, Harris came in with her most pointed attack.

"If you have a pre-existing condition, heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, they're coming for you."

To be expected - the presidential candidates both claimed their VP picks won the night. Trump tweeting that Pence "won big" - Joe Biden saying Harris "made us all proud."


Mariam Mackar

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