Vice President was just masterful at last night’s debate. Harris was lying pathologically, but Pence was having none of it. Despite a bias and awful moderator, Pence exposed and dismantled Senator Harris brilliantly. It was beautiful to watch. One of the best debate performances that we have seen in a long time.
As the two VP candidates sparred over key topics (Fox News). From Kimberly Strassel: Pence absolutely dismantles Biden/Harris on non-answer on packing the court. Harris refuses to answer the question. Pence comes back on it. She giggles. Then diverts . . . again. Pence comes back on it again. Brutal. Just answer the question (Twitter). From the Wall Street Journal editorial board: Mr. Pence was most effective in pointing out how far left the Biden-Harris Democrats have moved. With Donald Trump’s personal antics sucking up all the media attention, voters haven’t heard much about Mr. Biden’s $2 trillion in spending over four years on the Green New Deal; the $4 trillion of tax increases that will reach into the working class through higher business and corporate rates; their goal of eliminating fossil fuels that would cost jobs and raise energy prices; and the Biden record on foreign policy that includes opposing the raid on Osama bin Laden (WSJ). From Lanhee Chen: Vice President Pence’s ability to characterize Kamala Harris and the Democratic ticket more broadly as overly progressive was his biggest accomplishment of the night. For example, Pence’s assertion that Biden’s interest in repealing the Trump tax cuts will mean tax hikes for all voters on day one of a new administration was an effective attack that was largely left unanswered by Harris (CNN). Harris doubled down on Biden’s fracking flip-flop (The Federalist). According to the group Frank Luntz polled, “They were more upset with Kamala Harris’s reactions to Pence — the smiling, the smirking, the scowling. They were angrier at that then they were that Mike Pence went over his time in almost every debate” (Mediaite). From the Globe and Mail Beijing correspondent: China censored Pence’s comments on China. Signal returned when Harris began talking again (Twitter). More on that (The Federalist). From Richard Grenell: . @KamalaHarris said in March of 2020, she is “absolutely open to packing the courts” (Twitter). From Liz Wheeler: Your reminder that Kamala Harris supports: – Late term abortion – Mandatory gun buyback – Reparations – Jailing people for marijuana while she smokes it – Repealing Trump tax cuts – Abolishing private health insurance – A Green New Deal (Twitter). From Ari Fleischer: Pence just cleaned Biden’s clock on foreign policy, from Jerusalem to ISIS to NATO to the Iran deal (Twitter). From Ben Shapiro: Pence dismantled Harris. So the entire media will talk about pinkeye and a rogue fly (Twitter). From Alexandra DeSanctis: second consecutive debate in which a member of the Democratic ticket declined to embrace unlimited abortion on demand until birth and forcing taxpayers to fund it, even though it is a stated goal of their party and directly contrary to the views of most Americans (Twitter). From Jim Geraghty: Many MSM analysts are saying she had a good debate tonight. They said she had many good debates during the primary. And yet, she never made it to Iowa (Twitter). From Mollie Hemingway: The way you know everyone agrees that Pence won is that we’re now on the talking point of vice presidential debates not mattering. Even though Pence’s stellar performance in 2016 clearly mattered a great deal for traditional GOP voters going for Trump that year, too (Twitter). Daybreak Insider
Mike Pence WON BIG!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2020
Vice presidential debate: Harris, Pence spar on plexiglass-divided stage over coronavirus, Supreme Court
By Fox News, October 7, 2020
Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence did not waste time trading fire over President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the idea of packing the Supreme Court and taxes as they faced off Wednesday in their first and only debate during the general election.
The two nominees were significantly more cordial than Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden were to each other in their first presidential debate, though they clashed several times throughout the night when Pence spoke over Harris. “Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking. I’m speaking,” Harris said at one point during a discussion on taxes. Pence then shot back: “It’d be important if you said the truth.”
During a spirited opening, Harris and Pence sparred over how the Trump administration has performed during the pandemic. Pointing to a national death toll from the virus that’s surpassed 210,000 — with more than 7.5 million confirmed cases — the Democratic senator from California charged that “the American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country.”
Over the past seven months, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has repeatedly criticized the president — charging Trump initially downplayed the severity of the outbreak — and claiming he botched the federal government’s response.
Harris, a former California attorney general and San Francisco district attorney, led the prosecution of Biden’s case at her showdown with Pence in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She argued that “this administration has forfeited their right to re-election based on this” and argued that “they still don’t have a plan and Joe Biden does.”
Pence, defending the administration, emphasized that “from the very first day, President Donald Trump’s has put the health of the American people first.”
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