US Vice Presidential Debate: As it happened

WION Web Team NEW DELHI Oct 08, 2020, 06:35 AM (IST)

US Vice President Mike Pence (L) and US Democratic vice presidential nominee and Senator from California, Kamala Harris (R), moderated by Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today Susan Page (C), participate in the vice presidential debate in Kingsbury Hall of the University of Utah October 7, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photograph: AFP


This will be for the first time in American history that an Indian origin person will be taking up the podium for a vice presidential debate. Political analysts believe that an aggressive Kamala Harris will easily prevail over Mike Pence during the only vice-presidential debate.

Oct 08, 2020, 08:38 AM

Trump’s trade war with China cost 300,000 American jobs, says Senator Kamala Harris

“It’s about relationships and the thing that has always been part of the strength of our nation," Harris said. “In addition to our great military has been that we keep our word. But Donald Trump doesn’t understand that because he doesn’t understand what it means to be honest."

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Oct 08, 2020, 07:55 AM

Obamacare 'brought healthcare to over 20 million': Harris

Kamala Harris said “Joe Biden who was responsible alongside President Obama for the Affordable Care Act, which brought healthcare to over 20 million people.”

Oct 08, 2020, 07:51 AM

Pence said "China is to blame for the coronavirus," and "President Trump is not happy about it."

Harris said Trump's approach to China has lost American lives, American jobs, and American standing.

Oct 08, 2020, 07:41 AM

"A white man talking over two women is a very 1950s approach to debating," tweeted Barack Obama administration official Chris Lu.



Oct 08, 2020, 07:28 AM

Mike Pence and Kamala Harris both avoided question about the advanced ages of Donald Trump, Biden.

Oct 08, 2020, 07:17 AM



Oct 08, 2020, 07:15 AM

Referencing a controversy that tanked Biden's first presidential campaign in 1988, Pence said the Democrats' Covid plan sounds "a little bit like plagiarism, which is something Joe Biden knows a little bit about."


Oct 08, 2020, 07:15 AM

"I want the American people to know, from the very first day, President Donald Trump has put the health of America first," Pence said, pointing to his ban on travel from China on January 31, a month after cases first emerged in Wuhan.


Oct 08, 2020, 07:05 AM

Harris blasts US Covid response as 'greatest failure' in presidential history

Senator Kamala Harris branded the response to the Covid-19 pandemic under Donald Trump as the "greatest failure" of any US administration, as the debate between her and Vice President Mike Pence opened on Wednesday.

"The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country," Harris, running mate to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, said.

Oct 08, 2020, 07:03 AM

“This Trump administration has forfeited their right to reelection,” Kamala Harris said.


Oct 08, 2020, 07:00 AM



Oct 08, 2020, 06:56 AM

President and vice president were informed of the pandemic on January 28, and they did not act. They tried to cover it up, President called it a hoax: Kamala Harris on coronavirus pandemic (AFP Photo)


Oct 08, 2020, 06:46 AM

“The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of out country,” : Kamala Harris


Oct 08, 2020, 06:44 AM

Mike Pence and Kamala Harris are separated by plexiglass barriers in an auditorium where any guest who refuses to wear a face mask will be removed.

Oct 08, 2020, 06:43 AM

Moderator Susan Page (of USA today) welcomes everyone to the debate. "We have a small, socially distance audience. We have taken all precautions. Our candidates will be seated 12 feet away," she said.

The first question to the candidates is about the coronavirus, less than a week after President Trump’s positive test was announced. 

First Harris spoke about the proposed Biden approach and then Pence was asked about the country’s death toll.

Oct 08, 2020, 06:36 AM



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