Republican Mike Pence and Democrat candidate Kamala Harris clashed in the only televised debate of candidates for US Vice President. The 90-minute showdown at Utah State University was divided into nine short segments – including the fight against coronavirus, foreign policy and economy.
At more than three meters of distance, the debate of candidates for the US vice president began late Wednesday evening, local time, in Salt Lake City (Utah). Republican Mike Pence and Democrat candidate Kamala Harris were separated by two plexiglass panes.
In the only televised debate, candidates for US vice president in this election campaign were discussed for 90 minutes. One of the main segments of the debate was the fight against the coronavirus. “The Americans have witnessed the country’s worst presidential failure in history,” said Kamala Harris, accusing Donald Trump’s government of being incompetent and concealing information about the severity of the epidemic from Americans.
Mike Pence, who led the White House team coordinating the state’s response to the epidemic, replied that “from day one, President Trump put Americans’ health first.”
“Biden was a cheerleader of communist China”
Democratic candidate for vice president Kamal Harris also said the Trump administration had “lost the trade war” with China. “Joe Biden has been a communist China cheerleader for the past few decades,” Pence responded, expressing confidence that Beijing authorities were to blame for the coronavirus outbreak.
In the foreign policy part of the conversation, Kamala Harris concluded that Trump did not stand firm against Russia over the Kremlin’s interference in the US elections four years ago. She also accused him of attaching more importance to the words of Russian President Vladimir Putin than to the reports of American intelligence.
Mike Pence included the transfer of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem among the achievements of Trump’s foreign policy. He also stressed that the United States had managed to significantly reduce the territorial range of the so-called Islamic State.
Candidates for the US vice president
Pence, 61, the current vice president and former governor of Indiana, is seen as a politician more subdued in his statements than Donald Trump. In the 1990s, he worked on the radio, and four years ago he took part in the vice-presidential debate. It enjoys considerable support from Evangelical voters.
His rival Kamala Harris is 55 years old and has been a Democratic Party senator since 2017. Before that, she was the attorney general of California. She was born into a family of immigrants from Jamaica and India. This year, she ran for the presidential nomination of the Democrats without success. In the primaries, she proved to be an energetic person who does not avoid sharp verbal attacks.
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