Last night’s vice presidential debate between California Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence was about what you’d expect. It was also much more subdued than last week’s presidential debate, with the only real excitement coming at the end when a fly landed on Pence’s head for two minutes, setting the internet on fire.
If you’re a fan of Harris, you’ll say she won. If you’re Team Pence, you’ll say he won. But truthfully speaking, the two were pretty evenly matched and both candidates had good moments throughout the night.
Harris was assertive, telling the Vice President several times “I’m speaking” when he tried to interrupt. Twitter and pundits tried to say he was attempting to “mansplain” her, but any reasonable human being knows interrupting and talking over each other is a general practice during a debate. Did no one watch last week’s chaotic mess?
According to CNN, the two candidates had very equal time throughout the night with only seconds separating their total speaking time.
Pence was a master at pivoting, very rarely choosing to ask the questions that were asked of him.
Harris had her moments of refusing to answer questions too, dodging the issue of packing the Supreme Court.
Pence hit the Biden administration hard on fracking, saying they would ban it.
Harris has said she supports banning fracking.
Pence also hit Harris on her record as DA of California, although probably not as effectively as Tulsi Gabbard did last year.
Harris effectively pointed out troops were injured during a Somali strike and brought up the President’s comments calling military men and women “suckers and losers.”
“After the strike on Soleimani there was a counterstrike on our troops in Iraq and they suffered serious brain injuries, and you know what Donald Trump dismissed them as? Headaches,” Harris said. “And this is about a pattern of Donald Trump, where he has referred to our men who are serving in our military as suckers and losers.”
Pence responded that those comments were slanders against President Trump.
And as the VP was talking about systemic racism, a fly landed on his head for nearly two minutes, ending the evening on a humorous note.
The Biden campaign has already created a branded fly swatter to sell.