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Kamala Harris v Mike Pence: Five takeaways from Vice-President debate

Anthony ZurcherNorth America reporter@awzurcheron Twitter

  • 8 October 2020

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Media captionDodging questions and interruptions: While the VP debate was more civil, there were still moments of tension

Vice-presidential debates seldom shake up presidential races, and the face-off between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence on Wednesday night seems destined to be no different.

Both candidates had strong moments, and a few stumbles, over the course of the 90-minute affair. But as far as lasting memories go, they were few and far between.

If this was a match that showcased the futures of the Democratic and Republican parties, the real fireworks will have to wait for the coming years.

An unmemorable result, in and of itself, is good news for the Democrats and Joe Biden, who polls suggest are leading in the race. One more campaign set-piece in the books, and one step closer to election day. These are my takeaways from the debate.

A very different tone from last week

The lasting memories from last week’s presidential debate are probably ones of tone and demeanour – Donald Trump’s constant interruptions and Biden’s occasional “will you shut up” flashes of temper.

Both vice-presidential candidates clearly had this in 

Kamala Harris v Mike Pence: Five takeaways from Vice-President debate

Anthony ZurcherNorth America reporter@awzurcheron Twitter

  • 8 October 2020

Related Topics

Media captionDodging questions and interruptions: While the VP debate was more civil, there were still moments of tension

Vice-presidential debates seldom shake up presidential races, and the face-off between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence on Wednesday night seems destined to be no different.

Both candidates had strong moments, and a few stumbles, over the course of the 90-minute affair. But as far as lasting memories go, they were few and far between.

If this was a match that showcased the futures of the Democratic and Republican parties, the real fireworks will have to wait for the coming years.

An unmemorable result, in and of itself, is good news for the Democrats and Joe Biden, who polls suggest are leading in the race. One more campaign set-piece in the books, and one step closer to election day. These are my takeaways from the debate.

A very different tone from last week

The lasting memories from last week’s presidential debate are probably ones of tone and demeanour – Donald Trump’s constant interruptions and Biden’s occasional “will you shut up” flashes of temper.

Both vice-presidential candidates clearly had this in 

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