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Pence, Harris face off in the only vice presidential debate

Posted at 9:16 AM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 12:23:29-04

Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris met on stage for their only vice presidential debate on Wednesday night. 23ABC's Kylie Walker took a look at the topics they covered as they made their pitch to voters.

Pence and Harris taking the stage Wednesday night for the first and only vice presidential debate. The two socially distanced and separated by plexiglass started the night off around the coronavirus pandemic.

Harris said the way it was handled by President Trump was "the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country."

But Pence defended President Trump saying he did what no other president had ever done and that is he suspended all travel from China, the second-largest economy in the world."
The economy was also a major topic, the two debating tax cuts. Pence claimed if Biden is elected he would raise taxes for all Americans.

"This is supposed to be a debate based on fact and truth and the fact is Joe Biden has been very clear he will not raise taxes on anyone who makes less than $400,000 a year," responded Harris.

Pence interrupted Harris by saying: "He says he's going to repeal the Trump tax cut."

At which point Harris countered: "Mr. Vice President, I'm speaking."

However, Pence continued to interrupt by responding: "Well the importance is you said you wanted the truth."

The two also took on topics including foreign policy, systemic racism, and climate change, and the current severity of natural disasters where later the topic of fracking was also brought up.

"I recommend that the American people look at the records," said Pence. "You yourself said repeatedly that you would ban fracking. You were the first senate co-sponsor of the Green New Deal."

But Harris argued: "The American people know that Joe Biden will not ban fracking. That is a fact. That is a fact."

While some critics commented on Harris' facial expressions throughout the night others on the opposing side saying there were times Pence interrupted Harris. However local political experts are said the two were overall respectful of each other.

After Wednesday night's debate both presidential candidates took to Twitter to weigh in on their running mates performance.

Joe Biden tweeted out "Kamala Harris you made us all proud tonight."

While President Trump tweeted "Mike Pence WON BIG."