The US vice presidential candidates had their show last night, as Kamala Harris (D) sat opposite VP Mike Pence (R), in Salt Lake City, Utah.
COVID-19 tests before the debates were negative for both:
But, in COVID19 times, did they need to be there? People have pointed out that Nixon and Kennedy had their debate remotely, in 1960:
Precautions were taken, in light of the president have contracted the virus along with a slew of senior White House aides. There was plexiglass separation, though VP Pence has objected:
The Commission on Presidential Debates had agreed to seat Kamala Harris and Mike Pence 12ft apart – up from 7ft at the presidential debate.
Political stakes of the debate had been raised since President Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19:
Health concerns were dominant before the debate, including whether Pence should be in quarantine. All present had to wear masks.
The debate started well but the moderator was again a disaster 😳😩
For future debates, they maybe need someone more forceful like The Rock🤔
Pence adopted the president’s ‘interrupting’ strategy:
Despite that, each ended with about the same speaking time, according to CNN:
Candidates took questions from the public:
Main takeaways, according to the LA Times, can be found here:
Fact checkers had work to do; Pence repeated many false claims the president makes:
Mask rules ignored at the end:
The fly on Pence’s hair was the real winner, sitting there for its allotted two minutes 🤔😂: