Last night in Salt Lake City, Utah, an actual debate took place. Unlike last week’s shouting match of a presidential debate between Trump and Biden, the vice-presidential debate was substantive and informative. Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris duked it out on policy, not insults, and it was refreshing to see.
However, that doesn’t mean that Kamala Harris wasn’t condescending to the Vice President, because she was. There were several times where she told Pence to stop interrupting her, even though he wasn’t. At other times, she was combative and chided the Vice President, which pollsters have said failed to endear her to voters.
The debate began with a discussion of how the Trump-Pence Administration has handled the response to the coronavirus. Not surprisingly, Harris distorted the Trump-Pence record of successes and laid out Biden’s own plan…a plan that is nearly identical to Trump’s.
She said, “The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country.” That is a little hyperbolic, don’t you think?
Vice President Pence fired back with a zinger highlighting the similarities between the two COVID plans. The Wall Street Journal reported, “Mr. Pence added that the administration had already implemented some of the plans Mr. Biden has proposed to tackle the virus, asserting that the Democratic plan ‘looks a little bit like plagiarism’—an allusion to Mr. Biden having copied remarks during his 1988 presidential campaign from a British politician.”
Score one for Iron Mike on that one.
Then the subject of the Supreme Court came up. The Democrats are going to try and stonewall the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barret, and if they don’t get there way, they will likely try to add justices to the Supreme Court, also known as “court-packing.”
Both Biden and Harris have refused to answer whether they would push to pack the court. Pence again tried to get Harris to answer this last night, to no avail.
The Journal highlighted the exchange: “The vice president pressed Ms. Harris on whether Mr. Biden would push to add more justices to the Supreme Court if he’s elected. Ms. Harris didn’t directly say whether Mr. Biden would endorse that proposal, which some Democrats have advocated for if Judge Barrett is confirmed to the high court. Mr. Biden refused to answer a similar question in the first presidential debate.”
Of the many lies that Kamala Harris and Joe Biden have told throughout the campaign, the one about banning fracking stands out. Both candidates have said that they would support banning fracking and eliminating fossil fuels. However, they both now vehemently deny they would do so, and they act outraged if someone suggests otherwise
Senator Harris said, “First of all, I will repeat, and the American people know, that Joe Biden will not ban fracking. That is a fact.”
For the record, that is most definitely not a fact.
Kamala Harris then claimed that Trump has hurt the American economy through his trade war with China.
“You lost that trade war—you lost it,” she said. Mr. Pence shot back: “Lost the trade war with China? Joe Biden never fought it.”
Score another one for Iron Mike.
Overall, Mike Pence had a strong performance and clearly won the debate. How anyone could have thought otherwise is beyond me, but the Left quickly covered for Harris’ performance with claims of sexism, racism, and “mansplaining” from the vice president. Pence countered the false claims made by Harris and provided facts and sound arguments for why Trump and Pence should be reelected.
The styles of the President and Vice President differ greatly. Hopefully, Trump was paying attention to Pence’s performance, because if he makes a similar case against Biden in the next two debates, it could be a game changer. Pence did the country and his boss a service last night. Conservatives should be proud of the Vice President.