Written by Nolan Lantin
The Most Entertaining Moments of the Pence vs. Harris Debate
America witnessed Vice President Mike Pence and Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, take the debate stage on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Many Americans would agree that this debate was more polite and civilized compared to the previous one with Trump and Biden arguing over each other.
In this event, Susan Page, the moderator of the event and journalist of USA Today, asked both running mates topics about the USA and China’s relationship, healthcare, the criminal justice system, climate change and COVID-19. Here are the main takeaways from the debate that left the viewers shocked and laughing.
Harris: “...If Donald Trump tells me I should take it, I’m not going to take it…”
Susan Page asked Sen. Harris about the United State’s handling of the coronavirus. Sen. Harris highlighted the death count, which is now over 220 thousand deaths, and the over eight million cases of COVID-19 in America.
Harris was later asked if she would be open to taking a COVID-19 vaccine if it ever comes out, to which she said she’ll be the first in line if public health officials give it out. However, “if Donald Trump tells me I should take it, I’m not going to take it."
It is quite the topic in the U.S. about the mistrust of vaccines. However, Pence strives to give hope to the viewers that a vaccine is underway. “We’re going to have a vaccine, Senator, in record time!”
Kamala Harris won’t say yes or no to packing the court
Pence was on defense for his support for the Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. In his commentary, he wanted to ask Sen. Harris if she and Biden would pack the courts.
Sen. Harris responds with a history lesson about Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. “But, honest Abe said it was not the right thing to do. The American People deserve to make the decision."
“Once again, you gave a non-answer, Joe Biden gave a non-answer,” Pence replied.
The Fly on the Vice President’s hair?
An hour-and-10 minutes into the debate and Susan Page asks both running mates about the justice system as well as the the shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY.
It came time for Pence’s two-minute commentary. As he was explaining why implicit bias in law enforcement was a “great insult," a fly landed on the Vice President’s head. This little occurrence in the debate stole the spotlight for about two minutes before flying off. This “buzzed” everyone on social media and people were quick to post about it.
Written by Nolan Lantin
The long-awaited event of 2020 had finally taken place. Republican nominee President Trump and Democrat nominee former Vice President Joe Biden took the debate stage the night of Tuesday, Sept. 29.
Millions of viewers tuned in on either YouTube live streaming or national television to this highly anticipated debate to see the two candidates from opposing parties have at each other. Many viewers felt Trump won the stage that night, others felt Biden was the top contender, and others simply thought that the debate was a joke and that there was no clear winner for the event.
If you are curious and you happened to miss the debate because you were working late, out partying, or it was past your bedtime, no worries! WIUX compiled the highlights of the debate so get ready for a joyride!
Biden: “The American people have a right to have a say…”
Wallace asked Trump about his pick for the Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. Trump responded with his two-minute time slot by saying that his pick was “respected by all” and that she would do a phenomenal job as Supreme Court Justice.
Biden’s input on the matter began with saying that “the American people have a right to have a say” when it comes to picking the nominee and that say comes through voting. He believes that nominating a Supreme Court Justice should wait until after the election.
The segment quickly turned to the two candidates sparring over the nominee’s record on healthcare and women’s rights, which then initiated Wallace to ask about Trump and Biden’s stances on healthcare. The sparring continued on and Wallace repeatedly asked both Trump and Biden to not talk over each other, although it was apparent that he was more focused on Trump to maintain order.
Trump’s V-shaped recovery and Biden’s K-shaped recovery
Wallace mentions that Trump believes America is in a V-shaped economic recovery, while Biden believes the country is in a K-shaped recovery. What do both of these mean?
In short, a V-shaped recovery means the economy falls drastically but bounces back up at the same time. A K-shaped recovery happens when some parts of the economy bounce back up from a drastic fall but other areas keep tumbling down.
Trump says the fall of the economy occurred when America closed down due to COVID-19, “which was very hard, psychologically, to do. He [Biden] didn’t think we should close it down.”
“...Billionaires and millionaires, like him [Trump], in the middle of the COVID crisis, have done well!” said Biden beginning his 2-minutes. Biden then focused on the middle and lower-income classes and comments on how they might not be doing so well because of the billionaires. This is where the supposed K-shape comes from, according to the former Vice President.
Later on, Biden highlighted the significant job creation he experienced as Vice President under the Obama administration, while Trump mentioned his tax cuts and stock market gains.
“We handed him a booming economy. He blew it,” said Biden commenting on Trump’s economic handling.
Trump attacks Biden’s adult son, Hunter Biden
Trump instantly attacks Biden on an unfounded claim about his son, Hunter. “Why is it, just out of curiosity, the mayor of Moscow’s wife gave your son 3 and a half million dollars? What did he do to deserve it?”
Biden simply dismisses the question, saying none of what he asked was true.
“My son did nothing wrong,” said Biden. “I think he did,” said Trump, continuously attacking his opponent on the matter.
Biden, later on in the segment, said “This is not about my family, it’s about the American people.”
Trump: “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”
President Trump was asked by Wallace if he would condemn white supremacists and white militia groups who were playing big roles in the racial violence in America.
“Sure, I’m willing to do that… I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not the right-wing,” answered Trump.
Wallace demanded a form of condemnation from the President, to which he responded with “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s gotta do something about Antifa and the left!”
The Proud Boys is a far-right, male-only organization with ties to many white supremacists.
Trump and Biden on election integrity
Nearing the end of the event, Wallace asked both candidates about how confident should the American people be that the 2020 election will be fair.
Biden pushes citizens to vote however they want, whether it be through mail-in or in-person. He also references Trump’s FBI and Homeland Security director assuring that there is no evidence of mail-in voting being manipulated or cheated.
Trump, on the other hand, worries that the immense amount of mail-in ballots due to the pandemic will result in a massive fraud for the 2020 election. The president ended his two-minutes by saying that, “it’s a rigged election,” the exact same thing he said for the 2016 election.
“Show up and vote, you will determine the outcome of the election,” said Biden responding to Trump’s scare tactics.
Trump continues to doubt the outcome of the election and warns that, “this is not going to end well . . . this is going to be a fraud like you’ve never seen."