US Vice President Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, the Democratic senator who is running for office, clashed Wednesday, October 7 on the management of the Covid-19 which dominates the electoral campaign, during a debate with the stakes increased tenfold by questions about the age and shape of Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
“Americans have witnessed what is the biggest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country”said the 55-year-old Democratic senator, who would be the first woman to become Vice President of the United States if Joe Biden wins on November 3. “President Donald Trump did what no other American president has ever done”replied Mike Pence, 61, highlighting in particular the decision to close the borders with China.
He accused Kamala Harris of “Undermine trust” Americans in a vaccine now in the works – while Democrats accuse the White House of wanting to bypass procedures to get a vaccine ready before the ballot.
Eight days after the first face-to-face meeting between the Republican President, 74, and his Democratic opponent, 77, who had turned into verbal fist fight, the duel between the running mates gave rise to substantive discussions, more calm , although firm. Without bringing out an apparent winner.
Being courteous, Mike Pence, a trained lawyer with civilized manners who contrasts with the colorful personality of Donald Trump, even “Congratulated” Kamala Harris, daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother, for her candidacy “Historical”, as the first black running mate on behalf of a big party.
The unique debate between running mates has taken on even more importance since Donald Trump was hospitalized for three days this weekend after contracting Covid-19. And since Joe Biden, posing as the unifier of a divided America, has further widened his lead in the polls. The vice-president is indeed called upon to replace the president of the United States in the event of death or incapacity.
The pandemic has made its way onto the television debate set in Salt Lake City, Utah. Plexiglas walls had been installed to separate the current vice-president and the senator, who was seated behind desks four meters away.
During the abrasive debate on September 29 between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the president’s relatives had removed their masks, despite the instructions.
Make China Pay
Less than three days later, the ex-real estate mogul announced his diagnosis. Joe Biden, who displays scrupulous respect for barrier gestures, has been tested negative four times since. On Wednesday, USA Today moderator Susan Page recalled the strict wearing of masks for spectators, who are also very few in number.
Former prosecutor accustomed to sharp indictments, Kamala Harris blamed her opponent for the death toll of more than 210,000 which makes the United States the most bereaved country in the world by the pandemic.
Mike Pence has been in charge of the White House crisis unit in charge of fighting the coronavirus since February. He once again thrown the blame on China, promising to make him ” accountable “.
The outgoing vice-president tried more generally to defend the record of four years in office alongside the stormy billionaire.
Politics for the richest?
Kamala Harris has thus contrasted what she considers to be the economic successes of Joe Biden as Vice President of Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017 to the policies of the Trump-Pence duo, whose term ends in “A recession compared to the Great Depression”. And she accused the Republican billionaire of leading a policy favorable to the richest. “From day one Joe Biden will raise your taxes”, replied Mike Pence.
Refusing to “To receive lessons” her opponent, the senator also defended Obamacare, the health insurance law that the Republican administration wants to get rid of.
Fervent Christian close to the ultra-conservative current, Mike Pence has put forward his positions “Pro-life” by reproaching his opponents for supporting “Late abortion” reimbursed “By the taxpayer”. These major social issues have been in the spotlight since Donald Trump appointed a Supreme Court judge in September who would consolidate the conservative majority in this key jurisdiction. Democrats are calling on the Senate not to vote on the nomination until the election.
“Friend-friend with the dictators”
Mike Pence urged Kamala Harris if his side would try to increase the number of high court judges if they won, but the candidate declined to answer.
The Democratic senator, for her part, attacked the government’s foreign policy fiercely, a subject that was not addressed in the first debate between the 70-year-old candidates. “What we have seen with Donald Trump is that he betrayed our friends and made friends with dictators across the planet”, she hammered.
Confined to the White House, the president commented on the debate in a tweet: “Mike Pence is doing really well! She’s a blundering machine “.
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