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Mike Pence vs Kamala Harris Debate Highlights: Trump's COVID-19 response 'greatest failure' in US history, says Democratic VP nominee

Mike Pence vs Kamala Harris Debate Highlights: Harris condemned the police killings of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and George Floyd in Minnesota and spoke about the protests against racial injustice in policing

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Mike Pence vs Kamala Harris Debate Highlights: Trump's COVID-19 response 'greatest failure' in US history, says Democratic VP nominee

Members of the production crew work on the stage near plexiglass barriers which will serve as a way to protect the spread of COVID-19 as preparations take place for the vice presidential debate at the University of Utah, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Salt Lake City. AP

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Oct 08, 2020 - 09:30 (IST)

Mike Pence vs Kamala Harris Debate LATEST Updates

Fly lands on Pence's head during debate, stays there for nearly two mins

There was briefly another participant swooping into Wednesday night's vice presidential debate. For several minutes, a fly landed in Vice President Mike Pence's hair, not moving as he answered questions about racial injustice and whether justice has been done in the death of Breonna Taylor.

Conversation about the fly briefly dominated corners of Twitter, where debate watchers discussed their distraction and inability to focus on Pence and California Senator Kamala Harris' answers.

Some joked about the need to test the fly for the coronavirus, as it had skirted the plexiglass partitions separating the candidates and moderator.

Oct 08, 2020 - 09:19 (IST)

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'Pence doing great': Trump tweets during debate

President Donald Trump watched the vice presidential debate and thought Mike Pence was doing "great", but he's not so hot about the Democratic nominee or the moderator's performance.

Trump, who is quarantining at the White House as he convalesces from COVID-19, took to Twitter to praise Pence and slam the Democratic vice presidential nominee less than an hour into Wednesday's debate in Salt Lake City.

"Mike Pence is doing GREAT! She is a gaffe machine," Trump chimed in on Twitter.

Oct 08, 2020 - 09:08 (IST)

Mike Pence vs Kamala Harris Debate LATEST Updates

Won't take vaccine endorsed by Trump: Kamala Harris 

Senator Kamala Harris branded the response to the COVID-19 pandemic under Donald Trump as the "greatest failure" of any US administration, as the debate between her and Vice President Mike Pence opened on Wednesday.

But Pence fired back by accusing Harris of undermining public confidence in a future coronavirus vaccine through her attacks on Trump's credibility. "The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country," Harris, running mate to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, said.

The US death toll from the pandemic has exceeded 210,000, with over 7.5 million people infected, the highest reported totals in the world.

Pence slammed Harris for her statements questioning whether a vaccine released under Trump could be trusted due to the intense pressure on the president to tame the pandemic.

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Oct 08, 2020 - 08:55 (IST)

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No excuse for rioting: Mike Pence on racial justice protests

Harris, the first Black woman on a presidential ticket, spoke passionately about "people around our country of every race, of every age, of every gender" who “marched, shoulder to shoulder, arm and arm, fighting for us to finally achieve that ideal of equal justice under law.”

Still, she said, “We are never going to condone violence.”

Pence, in contrast, proclaimed his trust for the justice system and put the focus on incidents of violence, saying there was “no excuse for the rioting and looting.”

Oct 08, 2020 - 08:46 (IST)

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COVID-19 looms over a more civil fight

The opening of Wednesday’s undercard matchup made clear that Pence and Harris were set for a much different encounter — an actual debate.

To be sure, there were sharp moments, some modest interruptions and violations of the debate clock. But the dynamics represented a rare 2020 return to some semblance of normal presidential politics.

Pence's even temperament has been a signature of his political career and he has often served as a kind of translator for Trump's bombast. Harris had a long career as a prosecutor, comfortable arguing her case under pressure. Both played to type.

In tone and content, their debate was like an alternate universe from the one Americans saw little more than a week ago.

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Oct 08, 2020 - 08:23 (IST)

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Fly lands on Mike Pence's head during debate

A black bug made its way onto Mike Pence's white hair during the debate on Wednesday and stayed there for about two minutes, unbeknownst to the vice president.

People on Twitter were quick to notice.

Oct 08, 2020 - 08:17 (IST)

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Harris says Breonna Taylor didn't get justice

Democrat Kamala Harris says she doesn’t believe justice has been done in the case of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in a police drug raid that went bad.

Taylor was shot multiple times in March after being roused from sleep by police at her door. A grand jury did not charge any officers for their role in Taylor’s death.

Addressing criminal justice reform at Wednesday’s vice presidential debate, Harris says a Joe Biden administration would ban chokeholds and require a national registry for police officers who break the law. She says George Floyd would be alive if such a ban existed.

Vice President Mike Pence was also asked if justice was done in the Taylor case. He says Taylor’s family “has our sympathies, but I trust our justice system, a grand jury that reviews the evidence.”

Oct 08, 2020 - 07:58 (IST)

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Harris zeroes in on Trump's taxes and mystery debt 

Oct 08, 2020 - 07:54 (IST)

Mike Pence vs Kamala Harris Debate LATEST Updates

Justice not done in Breonna Taylor case: Kamala Harris 

Kamala Harris accused the Donald Trump administration of refusing to condemn white supremacists. "Strangers marched shoulder to shoulder after the George Floyd incident, said Harris.

Oct 08, 2020 - 07:41 (IST)

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Harris accuses Trump of losing trade war to China

Senator Kamala Harris, on the attack against the Trump administration all night, launched an attack on one of the Trump administration's proudest achievements: "You lost that trade war," she told Vice President Mike Pence. “You lost it.”

Harris castigated the Trump administration for the tariffs it has imposed on China, arguing that retaliatory measures China has placed on American goods have cost the United States 300,000 manufacturing jobs and forced farmers unable to sell their crops overseas into bankruptcy.

Mike Pence vs Kamala Harris Debate LATEST Updates: Harris condemned the police killings of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and George Floyd in Minnesota and spoke about the protests against racial injustice in policing.

Addressing criminal justice reform at Wednesday’s vice presidential debate, Harris says a Joe Biden administration would ban chokeholds and require a national registry for police officers who break the law.

Leaders of our allies say they have more respect for Xi Jinping than for Donald Trump, said Democratic VP nominee Kamala Harris on US' standing on world stage.

Harris, in her debate debut as former Vice President Joseph Biden Jr.’s running mate, accused Donald Trump and Mike Pence of hiding the truth of the pandemic from the American people.

Vice-President Mike Pence and his Democratic challenger Senator Kamala Harris are all set for a debate in the Salt Lake City of Utah today (Thursday, 8 October).

This will be the first time in American history that a person of Indian-origin will be at the podium in a vice-presidential debate.

Political analysts believe that an aggressive Harris, 55, will easily prevail over Pence, 61, and help her running mate Joe Biden widen his lead over the incumbent Donald Trump.

Biden, in the past few days, has increased the gap between himself and Trump by double-digits.

However, the Trump campaign believes that Pence could put on a stellar performance.

The debate gains added significance given that Trump is infected with COVID, which has triggered speculation that Pence may, at some point, take the reins of the country temporarily.

Both Pence and Harris have said that they are well prepared for the debate, which would be moderated by journalist Susan Page, Washington bureau chief, USA Today.

According to media reports, plexiglass will be installed between Pence and Harris on the debate stage.

"The debates are a crucial part of making our democracy work and I am honored to participate," Page said in a statement.

The debate will be divided into nine segments of approximately 10 minutes each, said the Commission on Presidential Debates. The moderator will ask an opening question after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond.

The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic, it said.

We're looking very much forward to the vice-presidential debate, Pence told reporters at the Andrews Joint Air Force Base.

Mike Pence vs Kamala Harris Debate Highlights Trumps COVID19 response greatest failure in US history says Democratic VP nominee

File image of US vice-president Mike Pence. Reuters

The stakes in this election have never been higher, the choice has never been clearer, and I look forward to the opportunity to take our case to the American people for four more years for President Donald Trump in the White House, he said.

Pence spoke over the phone with Trump before boarding Air Force Two. "I spoke to the President a little while back and he sounded great. As the American people learned just a little while ago, President Trump is going home tonight. So, we're headed to Utah for the vice presidential debate," Pence said.

According to his aides, Pence has some debate preparations. Harris is already in Utah. On Sunday Harris toured This Is The Place Monument, the location marking the end of the 1,300-mile trek to Utah by the early Mormons.

Harris was led by former Utah Senator Scott Howell on the tour of the monument, which was erected in 1847 and also honours Native Americans, Mountain Men, and Spanish Catholic priests who explored the land before the settlement was established.

Vice-presidential debates can often be afterthoughts in a presidential race. But with President Trump in the hospital, Pence and Harris will now face an unusual amount of scrutiny and a tricky balancing act, The New York Times wrote.

Former pesidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who is helping Harris prepare, said it would be a real mistake to underestimate the skills of Pence.

He was very effective in 2016, Buttigieg told Indianapolis Monthly in an interview.

Largely because he doesn't seem to have any qualms about defending what many of us would consider indefensible, even if it flies in the face of his own professed values, he added.

Ajay Jain Bhutoria, member of the national finance committee, Biden campaign, said it will be an unprecedented debate in an unprecedented year.

This will be historic because Senator Kamala Harris is the first Black woman and person of the Indian descent nominated for vice-president by a major party and because of the circumstances facing the country, he said.

Mike Pence vs Kamala Harris Debate Highlights Trumps COVID19 response greatest failure in US history says Democratic VP nominee

File image of Kamala Harris. AP

"Harris maintained an ability to excite Democratic voters across the country and for all age groups, especially Among African Americans, Latinos, and Indian Americans, her spirited interrogations of Trump appointees as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee," he said.

"She is more than prepared for the job as she's spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake," Bhutoria said.

She is tough on law and order and has fought inequality all her adult life, he said, adding that along with Biden, Harris will help India-US relations grow stronger than ever.

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