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VP candidates dodge questions, stick to talking points in first and only debate

5 takeaways from the 2020 vice presidential debate
Posted at 11:59 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 00:02:35-04

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris faced off Wednesday in the first and only vice presidential debate of 2020.

It was quite the contrast to the first presidential debate, there were some contentious moments, but for the most part the debate remained civil.

The format however, led to both candidates often not answering questions directly and instead emphasizing talking points.

Questions centered on a variety of topics including the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, climate change and the Supreme Court.

Sen. Kamala Harris came out the gates with a strong statement accusing the Trump administration for not being transparent with their response to the pandemic and in turn costing American lives.

“The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country, here are the facts: 210,000 dead people in our country in just the last several months, over 7 million who have contracted this disease, one in 5 business closed,” Harris said.

Vice President Pence hit back saying the nation is of course going through a tough time, but President Trump put the health of Americans first and by shutting down travel to China early on, saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

With his time, Pence largely focused on painting Harris as a far-left Democrat, whose policies would hurt job growth and the economy.

“More taxes, more regulation, banning fracking, abolishing fossil fuel crushing American energy, and economic surrender to China is a prescription for economic decline. President Trump and I will keep America growing, the ‘v-shaped’ that’s underway right now will continue under four more years of President Donald Trump,” Pence said.

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