Opinion: Harris Dodges Questions And Fly Lands On Pence, The VP Debate


Jordan Callison, Reporter

The 2020 Vice Presidential debate showed the country what professionalism and class looks like from two opposing candidates. Vice President nominee Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence came together Wednesday night for a much-anticipated bout. 

After witnessing the reality show debacle that was the first Presidential debate, voters have been eager to watch this showdown. Harris at times was condescending, while Pence stayed calm and collected; occasionally speaking over his opponent and going over time. 

Pence did an excellent job representing President Trump and naming successes of the administration including the recent Great American Outdoors Act. 

Senator Harris, unfortunately, lied when confronted by Pence about banning fracking; Biden has said in the past that he intended to ban fracking. When Vice President Pence called Harris out for lying he said, “You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts,” to which she replied, “That’s a good line.”

Harris also tiptoed over the question of Supreme Court-packing. The unofficial Biden/Harris campaign slogan has been “Vote for me, and then find out”, as both nominees have evaded press questions numerous times regarding packing the court.  

After the debate, social media was buzzing over the fly that had landed on the Vice Presidents’ head. The insect stole the show as it rested on Pence’s head for a little over two minutes. Within hours, Instagram was filled with memes regarding the close encounter.  

Twitter crowned Harris as the winner of the debate solely because of her ability to say “Excuse me, Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking. I’m speaking” and nothing else. 

A poll conducted by CNN showed that Harris won the debate with 59% of the vote, and 38% saying Pence had won. 

Overall, The 2020 Vice Presidential debate was everything that the first Presidential debate should have been. Both candidates came together ready to speak in a mostly respectful manner and answered the questions to the best of their ability.  

The next Presidential debate between Biden and Trump has been canceled.