by Alexander J. Gonzalez
Who won this round…?
The first and only Vice Presidential Debate was held last night between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris. This one and a half hour debate was the definition of “passive aggressive”, as both candidates defended their own records while sending small jabs at the opponent’s side.
I will also say, Moderator Susan Page was much more professional than “Fox News” Moderator Chris Wallace. Page kept calm but remained firm as she did her best to conduct the two debaters. My only complaint is that she did very little about he fact that the two candidates avoided answering practically every question.
Starting off this debate, the first topic was about COVID-19. Senator Harris does her best to smear the Trump administration for failing to handle the pandemic promptly and effectively. Vice President Pence defends these accusations by addressing the fact that the administration’s decision to close down the borders and focus their efforts on hotspots in the country resulted in saving around 2,000,000 lives that otherwise would have been lost.
When Harris is asked if she would take a vaccine produced during the Trump administration, she said she would take it if Dr. Fauci or other medical professionals advise the public to take it, but she would not take the vaccine if President Trump advises the public to take it. Pence talks about how the Trump administration will have the COVID vaccine ready in record time, possibly before the end of the year. He also addresses the Obama Biden administration’s major failure to handle the 2009 swine flu pandemic.
Moving on to the topic of taxes, Harris claims the Biden administration would like to make two-year state colleges free for all students, while promising to not raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year. Pence fights back, bringing up the fact that Biden has promised multiple times that he would raise taxes on the middle class. Harris denies these allegations, despite the abundance of proof that these claims are true.
Pence brought up the fact that Biden and Harris have promised numerous times that they would end fossil fuels. Kamala denies these claims once again, despite the abundance of evidence saying otherwise.
While talking energy, Pence claims that the Biden campaign supports a deal that is very similar to the Green New Deal, and that Biden would put the U.S. back into the Parris Climate Accords. Harris brings up how America has lost 300,000 manufacturing jobs due to the trade war with China and that American farmers are going bankrupt because of it. Pence brings up the fact that Trump has brought back hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs, the same jobs that Obama said would never come back.
When asked, once again, if a Biden Harris administration would pack the Supreme Court, Harris actively deflects the question and instead brings up one example of how President Lincoln chose to not nominate a SC Justice during his election year. She then claims that President Trump is the one who is trying to pack the Supreme Court. Harris also claims that every single one of Trumps’ court nominations were severely underqualified.
Senator Harris believes that justice has not been served in the case of Breonna Taylor, and that the officers should be prosecuted. VP Pence says that he believes in the grand jury’s ability to make a decision based on the evidence provided in court. Harris redirects and brings up the overused claim that President Trump called white supremacists “fine people”. Pence defends this accusation, bringing up the fact that, just like the media, Harris conveniently left out the part where President Trump says that he is in fact “…not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.”
Pence also briefly addresses Harris’s record of failing to prosecute corrupt police officers, while actively working to mass incarcerate blacks and minorities in her district. Pence stated that by the time Harris left office, the likelihood of blacks being incarcerated for petty crimes was raised by 19%.
Ending the night off with a question submitted by a junior high student, the two candidates are asked how Americans are expected to come together when all they see in the news is politicians fighting one another, as well as citizens fighting each other in the streets daily.
Pence says that despite the major polarity seen in the news every day, he believes that the American people will always come together and stand up for what’s right. Kamala Harris spends this time to talk about Joe Biden and how he joined politics in order to make a difference in this country.
For those of you who have read this summary, as well as those who watched the debate itself, who do you think won this debate? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think!