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    On Wednesday, Democratic VP candidate Kamala Harris and her Republican rival, the incumbent vice president Mike Pence clashed in a Salt Lake City debate over a whole array of pressing issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, rigged voting, police brutality, and climate change.

    US President Donald Trump called Kamala Harris "a gaffe machine" in a live-tweet, which came amid Wednesday's vice presidential debate between the Democratic Senator and incumbent VP Mike Pence.

    Trump praised the US vice president's performance during the debate, noting that Pence did "great" and that he "won big".

    Echoing POTUS is Matthew Wilson, associate professor of political science at Dallas-based Southern Methodist University, who believes that Pence "turned in a very strong performance".

    "He was controlled, methodical, and persuasive. On points, you would have to call him the winner", Wilson says, adding that as far as Harris' performance is concerned, it "was fairly solid".

    According to Wilson, the Democratic Senator was "on her strongest ground" when talking about coronavirus pandemic-related issues and healthcare. 

    People watch the debate between U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris at a tavern in San Diego, California, U.S., October, 7, 2020.
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    People watch the debate between U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris at a tavern in San Diego, California, U.S., October, 7, 2020.

    "She delivered a powerful indictment (not always entirely fair) of the Trump administration's handling of the virus. Pence was stronger on just about everything else. He delivered strong indictments of the Biden-Harris ticket on taxes, energy policy, and court packing, the analyst points out.

    Laura Wilson, political analyst and political science professor at the University of Indianapolis, for her part, notes that the Wednesday event was "far more orderly and issue-focused" as compared to last week's presidential debate between Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

    When it comes to Pence, he "hit high moments with his criticism of court-packing (a point Harris failed to answer) and the need for fracking (a win for voters in Pennsylvania, a major fracking state and also one of Biden's home states)", Laura Wilson says.

    In the first and only vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City, Utah, Pence and Harris locked horns over a number of hot-button issues, such as the coronavirus fallout, climate change, police violence, rigged voting, and Iran.

    The standoff came after the 30 September presidential debate, during which Trump and Biden pressured each other on a range of topics, starting from the coronavirus pandemic and finishing with election integrity, with their views clashing on almost every point.

     

     

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