The Vice Presidential Debate 2020, between incumbent Mike Pence and challenger Kamala Harris, is touted as the most significant in American electoral history.
The Vice presidential debate ahead of the 2020 US Presidential Elections has farther reaching repercussions on voting that in recent history. Usually regarded as an insignificant ritual connected to the presidential election, the tables have turned. Pence was forced into a bigger role due to Trump’s Coronavirus diagnosis. His rival Kamala Harris is the first female candidate of color. On 7th November, at 9 PM Eastern Time, the Republican and Democrat Vice Presidential candidates will come face to face in a 90 minute long debate at the University of Utah.
Usually regarded as an insignificant ritual connected to the presidential election, the tables turn with the Pence-Harris debate.
What adds to the significance of the Pence and Harris appointment of vice president of the United States is the fact that the 2020 presidential candidates Trump and Biden are the oldest in history. This debate will not only talk about the visions of the candidates for the US, it will also help voters gauge the capability of Pence and Harris to take over the responsibility of the most important position in the world if unforeseen events, such as Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis, occur.
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Trump is already under scrutiny – both for his handling of the nationwide pandemic and his own bout of coronavirus, where the POTUS was documented flouting medical protocol more than once. However, he is reportedly recovering quickly. A zealous Trump has even announced that he will appear for the presidential debate on 15th October, a claim that has raised eyebrows among the medical community.
Moreover, the first presidential debate was a disaster where both candidates failed to convey their vision for the country. In that regard, the vice presidential debate becomes even more important since the burden of addressing people with policies and facts now falls on the shoulders of Kamala Harris and Mike Pence, both known to be logical yet tough orators with their distinct sets of traits. It would be safe to expect the vice presidential debate to be less of a catastrophe compared to the presidential debate.
With both Biden and Trump failing to convey their policy visions during the first presidential debate, the onus falls on the shoulders of Harris and Pence.
The Expected Fiery Harris and Calm Pence Affair
55-year-old Senator from California, Kamala Harris is a fearless former attorney and now the first woman to run for the vice president of the United States. As an attorney, Harris holds some serious recognition for being the toughest interrogator in the Congress. Senate hearings are her witness ground where she has unarmed people in hearings with her facts, presence of mind and unshakable confidence.
Harris hold serious reputation as one of the toughest interrogators in the Congress.
Harris’ competition, the Republican party darling Mike Pence is a debater in a different cast. Pence, unlike Harris, is not fiery. Instead, the Vice President is a soft-spoken and deeply religious man who has his own unique way of flooring his opponent with politeness. America saw it in the 2016 vice presidential debate. Pence has a history of never going wrong under media questioning.
While Kamala Harris holds the potential of knocking her opponent down with searing interrogation on facts and logic, she can also use her intimidating analogical skills to score an edge. On the other hand, Pence cannot only harness his calm personality to come across as more sagacious and wise, he can also survive through Harris’ counter questions without an iota of pressure.
While Harris has the potential to knock her opponent down with searing interrogation, Pence can harness his calm personality to come across as wiser.
Preparations for a Covid-19 free debate
After President Trump tested positive for coronavirus, the organizing committee of the vice presidential debate has stated that the facility will be fully equipped with all necessary precautions. The candidates will be standing 12 feet apart from each other with a glass partition between them. The University of Utah venue will accommodate no more than 200 people for the debate. Mike Pence has been cynical about the glass partition but the event management has stated that the precautions are mandatory after the recent incident of the Coronavirus outbreak at the White House with the President at the centre of it.
How much the two candidates can sustain from their personality on Wednesday is yet to be seen. But in simple terms, unlike the US president debate, this one is expected to have more worthwhile content for voters.