Harris Blasts Trump administration’s Coronavirus response
The pandemic played a central part of last night’s debate, with the candidates shielded behind plexiglass and members of the audience instructed to wear masks. Harris used her time on stage to criticize the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic, which she at one point referred to as “the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country.” She used her opening statement to call attention to the number of people who’ve died as a result of the virus, and the economic toll the pandemic has taken on the country.
Pence defended the administration’s response, noting the restriction to travel on China and the promotion of vaccine testing. After he defended the President’s decision to downplay the extent of the virus’s spread in order to keep people calm, Harris directed a question to the American people: “How calm were you when you were panicked about where you were going to get your next role of toilet paper?”
Both Harris and Pence Sidestep
Both candidates frequently dodged questions, especially regarding the age and health of their respective running mates. Harris also sidestepped a question regarding whether or not the Biden administration would pack the Supreme Court with additional judicial appointments. Pence frequently redirected questions to focus on the Trump administration’s economic agenda, and at one point addressed a question about the transfer of power with a response on the 2009 swine flu.
“Mr. Vice President, I am speaking”
While the exchange between Harris and Pence was more respectful than what was on display at last week’s presidential debate, there were still moments where civility took a back seat. Harris was quick to step in when Pence attempted to speak over her, reminding him, “I’m speaking.”
Harris defends Choice
“I will always fight for a woman’s right to make a decision about her own body. It should be her decision and not that of Donald Trump and the vice president Michael Pence but let’s also look at what else is before the court. It’s the Affordable Care Act. Like literally, in the midst of a public health pandemic, when over 210,000 people have died and 7 million people probably have what will be in the future considered a pre existing condition because you contracted the virus. Donald Trump is in court right now trying to get rid of of The Affordable Care Act. If you have a pre-existing condition– heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer– they are coming for you. If you love someone who has a pre-existing condition, they’re coming for you. If you are under the age of 26 on your parent’s coverage, they’re coming for you.”
Harris eloquently shades Trump & his debt
“We now know Donald Trump owes and is in debt for $400 million. And just so everyone is clear, when we say “in debt,” that means you owe money to somebody. And it’d be really good to know who the President Of The United States, the commander in chief, owes money to, because the American people have a right to know what is influencing the president’s decisions.”