“The American people have witnessed the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country,” Harris said, arguing that frontline workers were treated as “sacrificed workers” and that Trump had repeatedly downplayed the severity of the virus. , discouraging people from wearing masks.
“They have no plans today. Well, Joe Biden,” Harris said. “We must save our country,” he said, adding that the current government had lost its right to a second term through mismanagement of the pandemic.
These developments have put Pence, who heads the White House Qur’anic Task Force, on the defensive at a time when Trump’s campaign desperately needs restoration. Harris is expected to make history as the first Vice Presidential candidate in Black and South Asia to run in a general election debate.
“Our nation has gone through a very difficult time this year,” Pence said, adding that “from day one, President Donald Trump has made American health a priority.”
Covid in the center of the campaign
Pence was forced to respond to the President’s lax handling of the virus, as well as Trump’s decision to reject the advice of scientists and top medical advisers by continuing to organize rallies and events with huge crowds of supporters who did not perform socially or wear masks.
Despite the political events, which violated special medical advice in the midst of a pandemic and gathered large crowds at a time when many Americans are forced to stay away from family and friends to prevent the spread of the disease, Pence accused Harris that it was part of trying to play politics with the pandemic.
“You continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine,” Pence told Harris, noting that he has questioned the safety of a possible coronavirus vaccine because he believes Trump has politicized the speed of vaccine production. “Stop playing politics with people’s lives.”
Pence tried to divert the senator’s criticism of painting as a rebuke to the American people who endured difficult times and were the first correspondents to put themselves in danger.
“I will speak on behalf of what the American people have done,” Pence said, defending the administration, saying it was pushing scientists and pharmaceutical companies to produce a vaccine in record time.
At one point, Pence tried to stop Harris while criticizing the administration for handling the pandemic, and Harris quickly cut him off. “Mr. Vice President, I speak,” he said.
Harris dismissed Pence’s claims of speech on behalf of the American people.
“Respect the American people when you tell them the truth,” he said.
Pennies for defense from Trump record
At times, it seemed that Pence did not realize who he had worked with for the past four years.
Pence, who works for a fake president who negotiates gross misinformation, accused Harris of telling the voters that if they had a pre-existing condition, “they’re coming for you.”
“Mr. Harris, you deserve your opinion, but you do not deserve your own facts,” Pence said, in an incredibly fearless line of circumstances.
Harris forced Pence to defend Trump’s time early and often in debate, pushing him for the economy, trade deals, climate change and health care in addition to the coronavirus response.
The California senator never let the vice president press for the controversy facing the President. Harris turned a question about the transparency of Trump and Biden health records into a failure for Trump to fail to pay federal income taxes in 10 of the last 15 years and to pay only $ 750 in 2016 and 2017 each. .
“It would be great to know who owes money to the President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief,” he said.
Pence shook his head and claimed that the President had said that these reports were “inaccurate”. He also claimed that Trump has paid tens of millions of dollars in taxes and released “stacks” of financial disclosure forms.
Pence said Trump’s experience in the corporate world helped build a roaring economy before the pandemic.
The vice president attacked Biden’s economic policies and said he would raise taxes on working Americans that would hurt the nation’s economic recovery. He defended the aid that was approved by Congress in cooperation with the White House, saying: “We have literally not spent any money to help the American people and the American worker through it.”
A critical night
While vice-presidential debates have generally not made much of a difference in the outcome of the election, voters may pay more attention to it due to the age of the two men at the top of the ticket.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden, 77, won the cast after portraying himself as a bridge for the next generation of Democratic leaders – and Harris, 55, was seen embodying the idea when he chose her as his partner. and made is the heir apparent within the party.
The diagnosis of 74-year-old Trump Covid has focused even more on his age. And due to the lack of transparency from the White House doctors, it is not clear if he could face medical complications during his fight with the coronavirus. Regardless, Pence, 61, has long been regarded as one of the leading Republican contenders for the White House in 2024.
After the vote, Trump’s campaign – and senior Republicans on Capitol Hill – told CNN’s Jeff Zeleni that Wednesday may be one of the last best opportunities to try to bring this fight back.
“If we do not slow down the bleeding tonight, the remaining three weeks could be bleak for Republicans,” said a Republican senator close to the White House. “Everyone at the party knows that.”
This is an avant-garde story and will be updated.