Usually, the vice presidential debates aren’t that popular during the US elections, as everyone is interested in presidential debates. But with Trump testing positive for coronavirus, negative signs have surrounded the next two presidential debates between Trump and Joe Biden. This very reason makes the only vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris an exciting event to wait for this Wednesday. The debate will be held at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City by following much stricter precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Debate planners have come up with a new set of rules to safeguard all the people who participate in the debate.
USA Today’s Susan Page will act as the moderator for the debate. Sheets of plexiglass will separate both the candidates and moderator for additional safety. The plexiglass wasn’t used during the first presidential debate. Kamala Harris had no problems with the usage of plexiglass. Although this is not the first debate to have plexiglass this year, Pence and his team weren’t pleased with the idea. The debate between Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic counterpart Jaime Harrison featured a plexiglass barrier separating them as a shield. Social distancing has also been increased to 12 feet from the 7 feet distance followed in the first presidential debate. Although CDC suggests at least 6 feet distance, debate planners aren’t taking any risks with that. During the first presidential debate, most of the Trump family members removed their masks once they were seated. To fix it, all the participants except the candidates and moderator must wear a mask at all times.
Coming to the debate topics, Pence has a lot of ground to cover in the absence of Donald Trump on the campaign trail. Pence might very well receive potshots from his counterpart about how Trump mishandled the pandemic and has been hospitalized himself. On the other hand, Kamala Harris just has to highlight the wrongdoings of Trump and his administration as he recovers from the virus. Harris would most probably have a similar tone like that of the former vice president. While wishing the president for a quick recovery, Harris would attack Pence on his role as the head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, which failed to contain the virus in the country and led to the deaths of 200 thousand Americans and counting.
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