The Twitterverse is abuzz (and not just because of the fly that landed on Mike Pence’s head) with commentary on the vice-presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Kamala Harris Wednesday night. Armchair analysts overwhelmingly report that Pence won the night.
While ABC reports that Harris won the debate, News Nation reports that Pence won the joust at 69%, with Harris at 29%.
However, post-debate analysis also shows that the debate, itself, did not change voters’ minds.
Democrats think that Harris held her ground and turned in a stellar debate performance; Republicans held that Pence, with his polished, presidential appearance and calm demeanor, ‘wiped up the floor’ with Harris.
But winning was in the details.
It seems that Harris would rather climb a tree to tell a lie than to stand on the ground and tell the truth. A prime example is her answer to banning fracking. She said that the Biden-Harris administration would not ban fracking, but video quickly emerged revealing the opposite.
.@KamalaHarris lied about fracking, again, last night.
SEE BELOW ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/bY1DyMtHfw
— Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) October 8, 2020
Harris shook her head in disagreement when Pence brought up the Democrats’ platform on the Green New Deal. Even the moderator acknowledged that the Green New Deal is still posted on the Democratic website.
Next volley: when cornered by Pence about the Biden-Harris administration’s position on packing the [Supreme] Court, Harris dodged the question and never answered.
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) October 8, 2020
When asked what the Biden-Harris Administration would do should President Trump refuse to accept the results of the election, Harris tried another non-answer, while Pence trounced her on the Dems’ efforts to undo the results of the 2016 election.
“On day one, Biden’s going to raise your taxes,” Mike Pence charged. Harris responded that Biden would not raise taxes on anyone making less than $400K per year, despite vowing to eliminate the Trump tax cuts which have given and additional $4000, on average, to American families.
The debate descended to the point that Harris belligerently stated that if doctors recommended taking a vaccine for corona virus, she said that she would be the first in line to take it, but if President Trump said to take it, she would not.
She was admonished by Pence for undermining America’s confidence in a vaccine that Pence said would “save countless American lives.”
.@KamalaHarris on vaccine: "If the public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us that we should take it I'll be the first in line to take it. Absolutely. But if Donald Trump tells us that we should take it I'm not taking it." #VPDebate #debates pic.twitter.com/3vpYB9Cm4p
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 8, 2020
“I will not be lectured by the vice president about our record on law enforcement,” Harris said, defensively. Pence pointed out the rioting and looting that took place following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor go unpunished amid Dems’ calls to defund the police.
When Harris selectively edited comments made by President Trump not condemning white supremacy during the Charlottesville (NC) brouhaha, Pence pushed back and landed a blow against Harris when he said, “Senator Harris, you’re entitled to your own opinions, but you’re not entitled to your own facts.”
Sen. Harris: "We are talking about an election in 27 days where last week, the President of the United States took a debate stage in front of 70 million Americans and refused to condemn white supremacists…America you deserve better." https://t.co/rJxLDwoEis #VPDebate pic.twitter.com/AHswhsJUkX
— ABC News (@ABC) October 8, 2020
All in all, the Vice President won the night. As to the election, we’ll know in 26 days.