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The Commission that organizes the presidential face-to-face has established that the second, scheduled for October 15, is virtual due to the coronavirus | Harris and Pence clash over response to pandemic in vice presidents debate | The handling of the pandemic, economic policies and social tensions monopolize the agenda

Democrat Kamala Harris and Republican Mike Pence clashed in the vice presidential candidate debate. They have had an hour and a half to develop nine previously unknown topics in ten-minute segments. “Americans deserve a civilized conversation,” journalist and moderator Susan Page has warned at the beginning, in a veiled reference to the heated debate between Donald Trump and his rival Joe Biden last week. The tone of the boot has been measured and respectful. “It is an honor to debate with you,” Pence told his rival. The tension, however, grew with the passing of the minutes. They both shook their heads and smiled wryly at each statement of the rival.

The handling of the pandemic has monopolized the beginning of the debate. Senator Harris has maintained that Trump knew of the severity of the coronavirus and did not tell Americans. Pence has accused her of questioning the effectiveness of the vaccine that, he has promised, will be available before the end of the year. Another hot spot has been the economy. Pence has assured that Biden will raise taxes and end the oil industry for his support of the green agenda. Harris has said that his rival is simply lying in his claims. Moderator Susan Page has had trouble keeping forms and avoiding interruptions.

The debate has been marked by Trump’s covid-19 positive, who has been without symptoms for 24 hours and has developed antibodies against the virus, according to the latest official medical report. The Republican has assured this Thursday that he will not participate in the second presidential debate if it is carried out in a virtual format, as the organizers had raised earlier.

This is how we tell you in EL PAÍS the debate between the vice-presidential candidates Harris and Pence:

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