Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris met in Salt Lake City, Utah, Wednesday night for the only vice-presidential debate of the campaign season. The two sparred on climate change, the Supreme Court, the economy, institutional racism and other issues. The debate began with Kamala Harris slamming the Trump administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sen. Kamala Harris: “The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country. And here are the facts: 210,000 dead people in our country, in just the last several months; over 7 million people who have contracted this disease; one in five businesses closed. We’re looking at frontline workers who have been treated like sacrificial workers. We are looking at over 30 million people who in the last several months had to file for unemployment.”
The two candidates were spaced 12 feet apart and separated by two plexiglass shields, after Mike Pence joined multiple recent events at the White House, unmasked, attended by President Trump and at least seven other people who have since tested positive for coronavirus. Pence’s spokesperson says the vice president has repeatedly tested negative, though he is still within the 14-day incubation period of the coronavirus. Pence’s left eye appeared red and weeping — prompting many doctors to question whether he has viral conjunctivitis, an uncommon symptom of COVID-19.