Vice-presidential candidates, Republicans Mike Pence and Democrats Kamala Harris, will be able to measure each other in a televised election debate from four in the morning Finnish time on Thursday. According to U.S. media and political commentators, the debate is expected to be of more interest than usual, for a few reasons.
In the first place Donald Trumpin and Joe Biden the first debate was complete chaos, with no explanation of the candidates ’policies at all. Pence is a very low-key person in public, so at least for him, the debate is hardly sabotaged. Harris is also tough and polite, so politics is probably a priority this time around.
Another issue that has received attention is the high age and state of health of the presidential candidates themselves. Trump is 74 years old and now suffers from a corona, while Biden is 77 years old and already 78 years old when he was sworn in. Trump’s illness may even lead to the cancellation of the next or both future debates, but it is currently mere speculation.
Trump already made history as the oldest incumbent president. Biden broke this record off the board. In fact, there would never have been a single old sitting president in the United States, as the oldest he left office Ronald Reagan, less than three weeks before his 78th birthday.
In other words, there is a considerable possibility that Pence or Harris will become president in the next four years.
And if it doesn’t, we get to the third reason: vice presidents are typically, as Biden’s example and numerous other predecessors show, strong candidates for president. There’s no idea at all that Harris and Pence would still meet one day in the presidential debate.
Korona and the judge
Presumably, the coronavirus epidemic and its treatment is one of the main themes of the debate. The president himself is now one of 7.4 million Americans with coronary illness. About 210,000 bodies have already arrived, and Pence is officially the leader of the coronavirus treatment team.
In addition, Korona is now spreading rapidly from election-important scales in the state of Florida, for example, in Florida and North Carolina. The disease is also spreading fiercely to a Republican stronghold in Texas, which has also been surprisingly tight based on polls, although Trump still has the lead in the state.
Another key theme is probably the appointment of a Supreme Court judge. It’s a pretty hot potato from which Republicans hope to motivate conservative-minded Americans to go to the polls in large numbers.
Similarly, Democrats would like their voters to wake up to how important the appointment is. If Trump gets his appointment, practically an extreme conservative Amy Coney Barrettin through the Senate, the U.S. supreme jurisdiction is in the hands of the Conservatives by a vote of 6–3.
The set-up is interesting anyway, as Harris sits on the Senate Justice Committee, the first body to deal with the appointment. Pence, on the other hand, represents that same Americanness as Barrett: he is a deeply religious conservative.
Then there is the much talked about health care, the economy, and law and order. On the economic side, political controversy is currently raging over the coroners, who were put on ice by Trump’s decision on Tuesday. The president intends to discuss the issue only after the election. Harris seeks to draw Republicans into account by claiming that these are being rejected by tens of millions of unemployed and coroner-affected citizens.
In health care, again, lies Pence’s ability to examine Harris ’positions and perhaps intimidate the horrific changes the left wants. Harris supported the ex-presidential candidate, the senator Bernie Sandersin so to speak, a radical proposal that would make US health care virtually similar to Finland, ie tax-funded, and revolutionize the role of private insurance in the system. Since then, Harris has pulled his position back to the middle, and this is where Pence is likely to try to hit.
Vice President Pence and Candidate Harris are both complementary figures to their leaders. Where Trump is chaotic and ragged, Pence, 61, is a full-fledged and extremely thoughtful. She does not apply for headlines, represents pure conservatism in her open opposition to abortion, and is credibly a believer. He has been married to his wife for 35 years and has said he will refuse to be with two other women or attend events where alcohol is served if his wife is not present.
Pence has been a reliable lap dog throughout Trump’s term, but the duo also have ideological differences. Among other things, Pence criticized Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the United States as “offensive and unconstitutional” and supported ways in which illegal immigrants could obtain citizenship.
Pence is also the ex-governor of Indiana with 12 years of experience in the U.S. Parliament.
The best way to get Joe Biden to pay off is to let him talk, snarling ex-vice opponents at him. Harris, 55, is a whole other country. With Indo-Jamaican roots, Harris is only the third female vice presidential candidate to become accustomed to cracking glass ceilings during her career. He first progressed to attorney general in San Francisco, then rose to become attorney general for the entire state of California, and eventually as a senator.
Sharp and skillful. Both adjectives fit both language and mind in Harris. Biden is likely to remember the remnant of the rest of his life that the ex-prosecutor put him in the summer of 2019 when Democratic presidential candidates first encountered in the debate. After that evening, Harris momentarily rose to be a notable candidate, but eventually faded into the shadow of the better known.
In the debates, however, he was an ace across the board, but is that enough?
Pence is such a sturdy wall that Harris gets to work really hard to destabilize him. Harris only has this senator term underneath as a politician, while his opponent is much more familiar with the policies of the current administration and the twists and turns of Washington. And there’s no doubt that Pence did his homework.
In other words, a fixed obstacle will meet unstoppable force at 04.00 Finnish time on Thursday.