Mike Pence calmly dismantles Kamala Harris in debate.

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It has to be said that both Kamala Harris and Mike Pence put on a good show last night. Both candidates were well versed in their answers and behaved respectfully towards one another. It was a truly enjoyable debate, and the American people are grateful to the candidates for their civility.

Despite the graciousness of each candidate, Mike Pence came across as the clear victor last night. He answered the questions well and caught Harris out on a number of key issues. Kamala Harris was unable to answer Mike Pence on issues such as packing the supreme court.

A hot topic last night was the discussion around accepting the outcome of the election. Mike Pence used the opportunity to deliver a zinger to Harris and the Democrats. He said the following:

“When you talk about accepting the outcome of the election, I must tell you, senator, your party has spent the last three and a half years trying to overturn the results of the last election. It’s amazing,” Pence said. “When Joe Biden was Vice President of the United States, the FBI actually spied on President Trump and my campaign. I mean, there were documents released this week that the CIA actually made a referral to the FBI documenting that those allegations were coming from the Hillary Clinton campaign.”

Mike Pence also discussed the recent revelations about the so-called “Russia hoax”: “And, of course, we’ve all seen the avalanche, what you put the country through for the better part of three years until it was found that there was no obstruction, no collusion, case closed. And then, Senator Harris, you and your colleagues in the Congress tried to impeach the President of the United States over a phone call,” Pence said.

He continued to add what Hillery had said to Joe Biden about the topic of conceding defeat: “And now Hillary Clinton has actually said to Joe Biden, in her words, under no circumstances should he concede the election,” Pence said.

“So let me just say, I think we’re gonna win this election. President Trump and I are fighting every day in courthouses to prevent Joe Biden and Kamala Harris from changing the rules and creating this universal mail-in voting that will create a massive opportunity for voter fraud,” Pence said. “[When] we have a free and fair election, we know we’re gonna have confidence in it, and I believe in all my heart that President Donald Trump’s gonna be reelected for four more years.”

The Trade war

Kamela Harris accused the Trump administration of losing the trade war with China:

“The vice president earlier referred to, what he thinks is an accomplishment, the president’s trade war with China. You lost that trade war. You lost it,” Harris said. “What ended up happening is because of a so-called trade war with China, America lost 300,000 manufacturing jobs. Farmers have experienced bankruptcy because of it. We are in a manufacturing recession because of it. And when we look at where this administration has been, there are estimates that by the end of the term of this administration, they will have lost more jobs than almost any other presidential administration.”

Pence returned with the following:

“I’d love to respond. Look, ‘lost the trade war with China’? Joe Biden never fought it. Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for Communist China over the last several decades,” Pence said. “And again, Senator Harris, you are entitled to your opinion; you’re not entitled to your own facts. When Joe Biden was vice president, we lost 200,000 manufacturing jobs and President Obama said they were never coming back. He said we needed a ‘magic wand’ to bring them back.”

“In our first three years after we cut taxes, rolled back regulation, unleashed American energy, this administration saw 500,000 manufacturing jobs created. And that’s exactly the kind of growth we are going to continue to see as we bring our nation through this pandemic,” Pence said.

Covid-19

Mike Pence took a stern defense of Trump’s coronavirus response:

“The reality is when you look at the Biden plan, it reads and awful lot like what President Trump and I and our task force have been doing every step of the way. Quite frankly, when I look at their plan, which talks about advancing testing, creating new PPE, developing a vaccine, it looks a little bit like plagiarism, which is something Joe Biden knows a little bit about,” Pence said, referencing Biden’s history of plagiarism accusations dating back decades.

“I think the American people know that this is a president who has put the health of American people first. And the American people, I believe in my heart, can be proud of the sacrifices they have made. It saved countless American lives,” Pence said.