Vice Presidential Debate

Vice Presidential Debate

Justin McEwen, Reporter

At 9 PM onOct. 7, the first and only vice presidential debate went live. The debate was between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris. There were six main topics, including Covid-19, Jobs and the Economy, Health Care, Climate Change and the Environment, Policing in America and Voting. Although the vice presidential debate is normally not as important as the presidential debate, this year it could be the last debate since Trump refuses to do a debate virtually. Due to this, the second presidential debate was cancelled.

The vice presidential debate began, and they started off with Covid-19. Harris called out the Trump Administration for not doing anything about the virus. While Pence responded with, Before there were more than five cases in the United States, all people who had returned from China, President Donald Trump did what no other American president had ever done. And that was he suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world.” Harris responded back talk of a vaccine, saying,, “If the public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us that we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it. Absolutely. But if Donald Trump tells us that we should take it, I’m not taking it.”

One of the next topics was economy. In economy, Pence accused Harris of raising taxes on the American people. Harris responded with, “Joe Biden will not raise taxes on anyone who makes less than $400,000 a year. He has been very clear about that.” During the climate change topic, a big part of it was the Green New deal, which is reducing gases that can affect climate change. An important part of this topic is Harris saying, “Joe Biden’s economic plan Moody’s, which is a reputable Wall Street firm, has said will create 7 million more jobs than Donald Trump’s. And part of those jobs, that will be created by Joe Biden, are going to be about clean energy and renewable energy.” Overall the debate was much more calm and collected then the Presidential debate and shared some very important topics regarding the day to day American life