The historic vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris has wrapped up with contentious exchanges over the coronavirus response, the environment, Trump’s taxes, the economy, and foreign policy.
Pence repeatedly went over his allotted time and interrupted Harris on multiple occasions, leading the senator to reprimand him with the words: “Mr Vice President, I am speaking.”
Pence accused Harris of undermining confidence in a Trump coronavirus vaccine, while Harris demanded to know to whom Trump owes money.
Twitter meanwhile was particularly distracted by a large fly that landed on Pence’s head and appeared to stay there for about a minute. There is also speculation that the vice president might be suffering from pink eye.
The VP nominees were face-to-face for the first time in Salt Lake City in what was billed as the most anticipated clash between two running mates in recent memory.
The debate was given approval to go ahead after both candidates returned negative coronavirus tests on Wednesday, and the CDC said Pence was not a "close contact" of Donald Trump.
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The Independent’s US team share their thoughts.
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If you weren’t watching the debate live, you missed the moment a fly landed on Mike Pence’s hair and stayed there for about a minute.
The Biden campaign team are on it.
Trump tweeted along
The president posted a selection of campaign videos, clips from the debate, and stats on incarceration rates in California when Senator Harris was “top cop”.
In addition to the fly, Twitter is also obsessed with Mike Pence appearing to have pink eye. Some are pointing out that it is a symptom of coronavirus — though a rare one.
Dozens of media figures, comedians, election analysts and doctors suggested that the vice president could have conjunctivitis
Harris lands punches on Pence over Trump record
Our Washington Bureau chief John T Bennett offers his perspective on the VP debate.
Both candidates ignore questions and pull some punches in first face-to-face meeting
The environment and Paris Climate Accord all featured in this evening’s debate.
Louise Boyle explains what the accord means for the US.
The US is the first country to formally withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement
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