VP’s in SLC – Hopeful Veep’s Battle Over Policy in Utah

Moderator Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today, explains the rules to Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., during the vice presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The one and only vice-presidential debate of the 2020 election has now come to an end. For those who tuned in, there were many questions, yet very few real answers. The plexiglass between the two VP nominees proved to be a great deflection barrier — just when you thought you may get a real answer, it deflected off the glass and turned into another question.

After going back and forth on their thoughts about the Supreme Court seat, Vice President Mike Pence asked Senator Kamala Harris point blank whether she and Joe Biden would pack the Supreme Court if they were to win the presidential election. “Are you and Joe Biden, if somehow you win this election, going to pack the Supreme Court to get your way?” he asked. “I’m so glad we went through a little history lesson,” Harris responded, before changing right back to the topic of the timing of the Supreme Court vacancy and noting that the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, felt it was unwise to fill an open Supreme Court seat 27 days before a presidential election. Harris never actually answered the question.In fact, both Harris and Pence avoided direct answers to many of the moderator’s questions, pivoting away to other issues instead.

Another curious moment came when moderator Susan Page asked Harris whether she would take a COVID-19 vaccine that is approved by the Trump administration. Harris at first said that if a vaccine is vocally supported by medical professionals like Dr. Anthony Fauci, she would be “first in line to take it,” but then followed with “If Donald Trump tells us we should take it, I’m not taking it.” So to recap, if distinguished medical professionals and Trump encourage people to take the vaccine, we are unsure if Harris will actually be “first in line” or even get it at all.

The topic of economic policy quickly evolved into tax policy and came down to who was telling the truth as Pence accused Harris of wanting to raise taxes as soon as she and Biden assumed office. Harris shot back with “That is absolutely not true.”

The star of the night may have actually come down to the creature that landed on Mike Pence’s head. A fly that appeared on the vice president’s hair for a solid two minutes quickly lit up social media with quips from the left and right. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) commented that the “deep state planted a bug on @vp. The illegal spying is out of control.”

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