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VP debate: Kamala shuts down Pence over ‘sexist’ interuptions as Pence’s pink eye and a fly steal attention ?

Biden V Trump: US election opinion polls

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.


Who won the VP debate? 

The Independent’s US team share their thoughts.

Who won the VP debate?

It was less chaotic than last week’s presidential clash, but there was plenty of needle between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris

Oliver O'Connell8 October 2020 03:38

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.

Oliver O'Connell8 October 2020 03:42

Oliver O'Connell8 October 2020 03:45

Oliver O'Connell8 October 2020 03:47

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”.

Oliver O'Connell8 October 2020 03:53

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.

Oliver O'Connell8 October 2020 04:02

Anti-Trump Lincoln Project trolls Mike Pence over his eye at VP debate

Dozens of media figures, comedians, election analysts and doctors suggested that the vice president could have conjunctivitis

Oliver O'Connell8 October 2020 04:08

Harris lands punches on Pence over Trump record

Our Washington Bureau chief John T Bennett offers his perspective on the VP debate.

Kamala Harris lands punches on Mike Pence over Trump’s record in only VP debate

Both candidates ignore questions and pull some punches in first face-to-face meeting

Oliver O'Connell8 October 2020 04:20

The environment and Paris Climate Accord all featured in this evening’s debate.

Louise Boyle explains what the accord means for the US.

Trump calls it a ‘disaster’. But what does the Paris Climate Accord mean for the US?

The US is the first country to formally withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement

Oliver O'Connell8 October 2020 04:36

Oliver O'Connell8 October 2020 04:38

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