VP debate 2020: Kamala Harris slams Mike Pence over coronavirus handling – live






Kamala Harris has now had to hit back at Mike Pence for interrupting her twice. Meanwhile, Pence has repeatedly gone over his allotted time limit. Not everyone is happy with the moderator Susan Page at this disparity:

Joy JUST VOTE & MASK UP!! Reid 😷)
(@JoyAnnReid)

To use a sports term, Kamala Harris is controlling the clock in this debate, despite the moderator allowing Pence to interrupt her. #VPDebate


October 8, 2020

Amy Siskind
(@Amy_Siskind)

Just once the moderator needs to say Mr Vice President please answer the question I asked you.


October 8, 2020

Meena Harris
(@meenaharris)

Kamala needing to be polite as fuck because the moderator won’t cut him off smh


October 8, 2020

Rosie Perez
(@rosieperezbklyn)

Dear Lord! Can someone please hire a competent moderator who is able to control a damn debate?! #VPDebate


October 8, 2020





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So far the debate has been relatively tame compared to last week, although given Trump’s constant interruptions that’s not saying a huge amount.

The main theme so far has been the spectacle of a VP debate taking place in the middle of the pandemic, but also the history of Kamala Harris being on stage as the first woman of color in such an event.

Here’s how viewers have been responding online:

Jenna Amatulli
(@ohheyjenna)

Kamala Harris’ repeated “are you kidding me” faces are wildly entertaining.#VPDebate pic.twitter.com/3RmZakYJdQ


October 8, 2020

Jordan Klepper
(@jordanklepper)

The. Head. Of. The. Coronavirus. Task. Force. Is. Debating. Half. A. Year. Later. Through. Two. Layers. Of. Plexiglass.


October 8, 2020

Ari Berman
(@AriBerman)

Stop playing politics with people’s lives says the VP for president who just killed a coronavirus relief bill so he could put a justice on the supreme court to help him rig an election


October 8, 2020

Amanda Litman
(@amandalitman)

With all the ~everything~ going on, the historic nature of this debate feels like it got a little bit lost, but it’s still genuinely moving to see a woman of color on the stage as our party’s nominee for VP.


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First volley: Harris attacks Pence over coronavirus response

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Vice presidential candidates take the stage





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How Harris and Pence have prepped

Pete Buttigieg, the 38-year-old former mayor who ran against Harris and Biden for president before Biden emerged as the candidate, has taken on the role of Pence in a series of mock debates. Buttigieg, like Pence, is from Indiana, although the two are eons apart politically and personally.

Harris, a former prosecutor, won rave reviews for her performance in an early Democratic debate, when she criticized Biden for his record on race.

Axios reported that Harris had similarly planned to go on the attack on Wednesday, tying Pence to Trump and rebuking the pair over their coronavirus response, healthcare and beyond. The California senator had apparently “planned a handful of anti-Trump zingers”, but given the president’s ill-health, she will tone it down.

Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, has been helping Pence with his debate prep, filling in for Harris. Some of Pence’s preparation has involved developing ways to attack Harris “without opening himself up to criticism that he is acting in a disrespectful or sexist way”, according to NBC News.





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Pence and Harris set to debate for first – and only – time

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