Why the vice-presidential debate is hugely important

Why the vice-presidential debate is hugely important
VP Mike Pence (L); Sen Kamala Harris (R). YouTube videos; White House, CNN

[Ed. – Is Harris practicing her cackle?]

The momentous events of the past week greatly increase the odds that the sole debate between Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence will have an outsize impact on the election just one month away. The presidential debate in Cleveland was marred by continual interruptions and personal insults, which the American public found disheartening. President Donald Trump’s positive coronavirus diagnosis, revealed early Friday, threw the campaign and remaining presidential debate schedule into doubt.

The most recent national polls following these tumultuous events are ominous for Trump’s reelection prospects, and Pence will have to try to stop the bleeding at the vice presidential debate Wednesday in Salt Lake City.

There is unusual interest and anticipation surrounding the Pence-Harris debate for a multitude of reasons. Undecided voters want to be confident that it’s still possible to conduct a civil and substantive political debate during such a watershed election.

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