3 Things We Learned From the Vice Presidential Debate
From not only avoiding a question but answering a question on a completely different topic to flys on hair, this VP debate offered a lot for us to take away.
On Wednesday, October 7th, America witnessed its first debate for the 2020 Presidential elections. Sure, technically this is the second debate but I am not counting the first event between President Trump and former Vice President Biden as a debate but rather as a glorified day at daycare.
The topics for the debate ranged from COVID-19 to abortion to the Black Lives Matter but due to the debate only being 90 minutes long and a total of 9 topics being selected, that only the candidates to speak on a topic for 10 minutes. I know, some pretty inspiring mathematical calculations right there.
Unlike the first Presidential debate, this event was largely discussing policies and politics and allowed viewers to reach conclusions around the candidates they would not have reached otherwise.
Kamala Harris is not one for mansplaining.
Although the debate was moderated by Susan Page of USA Today it oftentimes felt as if Mike Pence controlled who spoke when and spoiler alert: he preferred his voice over Kamala’s or Susan’s.
Throughout the debate, Pence reminded us that he is indeed sharing a ticket with Donald Trump as he continued to interrupt and disacknowledge Senator Kamala Harris. Vox Media calculated that Pence interrupted Kamala twice as many times as she did to him. In a debate that is already short on time to speak on topics, this clearly left Kamala at a disadvantage to fairly share her views. At several moments, Kamala would respond to the interruptions by simply saying, “Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking”. At one point during the debate, Senator Harris stated, “I will not sit here and be lectured by the vice president on what it means to enforce the laws of our country”, clearly irritated by an ongoing onslaught of interruptions by Vice President Pence.
Regardless of where one stands on Kamala Harris’s policies, she stood up for every woman that has experienced a man talking over them.
Following the interruptions, Pence would continue to talk whilst Kamala Harris made subtle remarks and faces to show her clear disgust in how Mike Pence was belittling Kamala Harris’s experience and ability.
These interactions took an ironic turn on CNN following the debate. In a panel of men and one woman, the topic being discussed was the interruptions of Kamala Harris by Mike Pence. Gloria Borger was describing how Kamala Harris embodied what women go through when in the middle of her statement, Rick Santorum interrupted her to disagree and state that Mike Pence did not interrupt. Monkey see monkey do.
Debate questions are merely optional
“She never answered the question” complained Mike Pence as he decides to not answer a question.
The debate showed Americans one thing and that is that politics is really about proving your point, not answering a question. Mike Pence and Kamala Harris embodied what this means during their debate as they clearly had a list of talking points they wanted to get through regardless of the fact that it may not fit the proposed question. It’s like when you want to fit a square into a circle but instead of giving up, you just make the circle bigger.
At one point during the debate, Susan Page asked Mike Pence about the Affordable Care Act which Pence answered by pivoting to the Supreme Court (because of a relation of politics?) and pressing Kamala Harris to answer his own question of whether she will pack the Supreme Court. He even had the audacity to criticize her for not answering his own question…as he chose to not answer the moderator’s question.
Hold on Kamala, you’re not in the clear for this one. During the debate, Page asked Harris if she would support California’s removal of all abortion restrictions if Roe vs. Wade is overturned to which Kamala responded by addressing the fact that there is a Supreme Court seat being filled during an election year.
Like I said, just make the circle bigger.
This is an important lesson for everyone to take home: when asked a question that you do not know the answer to, answer another question you know enough about and can speak confidently to long enough to make everyone forget what the initial question was. Works like a charm.
Mike Pence has got to shower
I get this is somewhat offensive but like, he had a fly on his head, on national television, in front of millions of viewers, for 2 minutes.
It was not a drop of oil from all the fracking being done by him.
No, it was a fly.
This fly took social media by storm because, in a debate that consisted largely of politics, the American people were so desperate for some semblance of entertainment. It became a national trend in minutes, the inspiration behind a Twitter account with 82 thousand followers named @MikePenceFly__ and Joe Biden’s new marketing strategy.
The only thing that is missing is FlyGate: Who really planted the fly?