Vice Presidential Candidates Meet in Debate

Both urged Americans to get out and vote as they discussed key election issues.

Striking a calmer tone than the presidential candidates did a week ago, Vice President Mike Pence and California Senator Kamala Harris debated their positions in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah Wednesday evening.

Senator Harris was critical of President Trump’s administration on the pandemic, while Vice President Pence cast the Democratic ticket as far more radical than advertised. They covered nine separate topics, with the issue of the response to the coronavirus and the nomination of a Supreme Court justice high on their list.

Senator Harris claimed at the outset that the current administration’s response to the coronavirus was a failure. “We need to save our country, and Joe Biden is the best leader to do that,” the senator said.

The vice president, who leads the White House Coronavirus Task Force, highlighted the president’s restrictions on travel from China and pointed out that former Vice President Biden had opposed them. He also indicated the similarities of what Biden and Harris have proposed, saying, “When I look at their plan that talks about advancing testing, creating new PPE, developing a vaccine, it looks a little bit like plagiarism.”

On the matter of the Supreme Court, Senator Harris misrepresented the actions of President Abraham Lincoln when a court vacancy occurred just prior to his reelection, and deflected from giving an answer on packing the Supreme Court if she and Biden are elected. She followed the response that was given by former Vice President Biden when asked about court-packing when he flatly stated, “I’m not going to answer the question.”

Vice President Pence replied, “I just want the record to reflect she never answered the question.”

On taxes, Senator Harris said they would cancel the Trump tax cuts on “day one,” but when questioned further, denied that taxes would be increased on anyone making less than $400,000 a year.

On the sanctity of life, Vice President Mike Pence said that he’s pro-life, contrasting the position of the administration with the goals of their opponents’ ticket.  “I am pro-life. I don’t apologize for it,” the vice president said. Senator Harris responded, “I will always fight for a woman’s right to make a decision over her own body.”

By the end of the 90-minute debate, Senator Harris and Vice President Pence evidently agreed on one thing, “Everybody needs to get out there and vote!”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For both President Trump and Joe Biden as they continue to pursue the office of the presidency for the next four years.
  • For Vice President Pence and Senator Harris in their supporting roles in standing with their candidates and supporting their party’s positions.
  • For undecided Christians to weigh carefully the positions of both parties and their alignment with God’s Word and Biblical values.
  • That citizens would take seriously their right, privilege, and responsibility to vote, and follow through to make sure their vote counted.

Sources: Washington Examiner, National Review, Hot Air, Epoch Times, Forbes


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