The Vice Presidential Debate 2020 just concluded and POTUS Donald Trump believes that his VP ticket won the face-off.
For President Donald Trump, Mike Pence won on Wednesday night against Democrat candidate, Kamala Harris. In a tweet, he said, “Mike Pence WON BIG!”
Mike Pence WON BIG!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2020
Unlike the Presidential Debate, there was no chaos, although arguments did get pretty heated at some point. Crucial national issues were discussed clearly, citing great points from each party.
Who was the people’s winner?
In political debates, there is no actual winner announced. Instead, numerous independent polls are conducted afterward to see which candidate was best at addressing the issues.
Readers should note that the poll results are mere “perfect indicators,” as reported by Vox. The surveys are taken from people who watched the debate, and not the broad electorate.
For CNN‘s instant poll, 59% of the registered voters who watched the VP face-off says Harris won. Meanwhile, only 38% preferred Vice President Mike Pence’s answers.
Who won the first debate? (CNN poll)
Who won the VP debate? (CNN poll)
Both awful results for Trump-Pence.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) October 8, 2020
For VP Pence, his favorable rating remained at 41%, post-debate.
Meanwhile, in Newsweek‘s own poll, Harris was sought to be “more truthful” than the Republican candidate. Accordingly, 60% of the publication’s readers backed Harris, while only 31% for Pence.
Diving into crucial issues
Susan Page, the moderator, was able to tackle issues relevant to the U.S. today. A few of which were about supporting the plans of their Presidential teammate.
In most part, Harris was able to defend when pressed on by Pence about Biden’s Tax plans. On the other hand, the current U.S. VP defended Donald Trump and his aim to release a COVID-19 vaccine. He also attempted to slam down on Harris’ points about the President’s tax issues.
However, per CNN‘s poll on who [“d]id the better job defending their running mate?”, 64% said Harris did it better, while only 34% sided with Pence. Two percent, however, said they defended their running mate equally.
Also, there were questions about POTUS Donald Trump were evaded by Pence to answer directly. A few were the president’s current condition after acquiring COVID-19 and on the peaceful transfer of power, per The New York Times.
Moreover, looking at the post-debate chatter, the hashtag #PenceKnew trends on Twitter. Mostly, the Twitterverse expressed their dissent against the VP, who is supposedly the head of the coronavirus task force.
Pence knew how contagious and deadly Covid was back in February. He is the chair of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. He has failed the American people. He lied and 215,000 people are gone. #PenceKnew #TrumpPenceFailure
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 8, 2020
Twitter users expressed how Pence knew about the severity of the COVID-19 earlier this year, which may have been detrimental to the current state of the country.
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