They were protected by a screen and with a separation of almost four meters.
Candidates for the vice presidency of United States, Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Kamala Harris owed this Wednesday after the political upheaval over the Covid-19 contagion from President Donald Trump. There were strong crossovers for health policy against the coronavirus and the economic relationship with China.
The disease of 74 year old president – coupled with concerns about the physical condition and age of his rival Joe Biden, who is three years older, increased interest in this televised match. The debate takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Less than a month before the elections of the November 3, the contagion of the president puts the issue of the pandemic back on the agenda. Both candidates debate protected by a screen, and with a separation of almost four meters.
“The American people have witnessed the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country.. They knew in January what was going to happen and they covered it up and today they still don’t have a plan and Joe Biden does. Pence knew the seriousness of this“Harris pointed out precisely when he began to debate the pandemic.
“From day one Trump has put health first of the Americans, he did all that needed to be done like suspending travel to China. We are going to have the vaccine in record time, “replied Pence, accusing Harris that Biden’s plan on the pandemic is a” plagiarism “of Donald Trump’s. He also accused Harris of” undermining “the confidence of Americans in a vaccine for covid-19
The moderator of the debate had to reprimand Pence repeatedly since the Republican he did not respect the scheduled time of each intervention.
Harris put Trump’s tax affidavits from the past decades on the agenda of the debate, documents that the president refused to release. It was revealed that Trump had paid only $ 750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017. The complaint was denied by Pence in the debate on Wednesday.
“He is going to be the first president to leave the presidency with fewer jobs than the one he arrived with,” Biden had said in the presidential debate. Now Harris compared Trump’s economic management to the time of the great american depression.
Thus, Harris assured that his party’s candidate for the White House will revoke the tax reform promoted by Trump if he wins the elections next November.
Pence, for his part, accused the Democratic vice presidential hopeful of wanting to raise taxes and predicted that they will surrender to China economically.
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want to raise taxes, they want to bury our economy under a 2 trillion Green New Deal, of which you were a major cosponsor in the US Senate. They want to abolish fossil fuels and ban fracturing hydraulics, which would cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs in the core, and Joe Biden wants the economy to surrender to China again, “Pence said.
Pence also accused Biden of being “an entertainer for communist china”. She replied: “They have lost the trade war with China.”
In a country that was moved by the “Black Lives Matter” (Black lives matter) after the crime of George Floyd, the racial issue was one of the topics of the debate.
Harris announced that, if they win the elections, they will reform the police system and accused Trump of being racist, for example, towards Mexicans and Muslims. “Biden recognizes the beauty of our diversity,” said the current senator.
“This presumption that there is systemic racism in the United States is an insult to the men and women who are part of security,” Pence replied.
Kamala Harris, a 55-year-old ex-attorney, known for asking probing questions, has an adversary whom blame for pandemic management, what has left more than 210,000 dead in the United States, the country in the world with the most deaths.