Vice presidential debate recap
In contrast to the continuous interruptions and name-calling that characterized the first presidential debate of 2020, Vice President Mike Pence and vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris met on Wednesday, Oct. 7, for a much calmer and more structured debate. Following the announcement that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had contracted COVID-19, the two candidates followed stricter safety measures. Sitting 12 feet apart behind plexiglass shields, moderator Susan Page of USA Today asked each candidate questions throughout nine segments.
The debate concluded with a question sent in by an eighth grade girl asking how citizens are expected to get along when the leaders of our country cannot manage to do the same. For the first time in the debate, the candidates agreed, each expressing their hopes for a bright future in America, with Pence closing “we can disagree and still come together as Americans.”