Vice Presidential Debate, Play by Play

The Vice Presidential debate was a little easier to watch multiple times for two reasons. First, Susan Page kept up the debate structure and was a more professional moderator than Chris Wallace. Second, Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence did less interrupting and less talking over each other than former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump. Still, a careful analysis of this debate, there were issues.

Below, I have laid out the details of the debate without the content. The content can sometimes distract from other issues going on. How often was the moderator interrupting each candidate, and did she give them equal time? When a candidate appeared to be speaking over-time, were they really, or were they being cut off early? How much solo camera time did each candidate get? All of those details are analyzed, segment-by-segment below, and summed up at the end.

A Note About Initials vs Names

I do not mean any disrespect by calling Vice President Mike Pence “MP” or Senator Kamala Harris “KH.” I respect their titles and their lives of public service, I only hoped to save a little space and make this post less cluttered.

Segment One: COVID-19

What would a Biden administration do in January and February that a Trump administration wouldn’t do? Would you impose new lockdowns for businesses and schools and hotspots, a federal mandate to wear masks?

SP: Asked question
KH Answered: 2:03
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 3x
KH: Spoke 5 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 2 seconds, 3 seconds
MP Interruptions: 0
Camera on KH’s Face: 20 seconds

Why is the US death toll, as a percentage of our population, higher than that of almost every other wealthy country?

SP: Asked question
MP Answered: 2:04
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 3x
MP: Spoke 8 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 3 seconds, 4 seconds
KH Interruptions: 0
Camera on MP’s Face: 42 seconds

KH Responded: 44 seconds
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 3x
KH: Spoke 27 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 6 seconds, 14 seconds
MP Interruptions: 0
Camera on KH’s Face: 7 seconds

MP Responded: 59 seconds
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 4x
MP: Spoke 23 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 6 seconds, 2 seconds, 11 seconds
KH Interruptions: 2
Camera on MP’s Face: 14 seconds

How can you expect Americans to follow the administration’s safety guidelines to protect themselves from COVID when you at the White House have not been doing so?

SP: Asked question
MP Answered: 54 seconds
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 5x
MP: Spoke 43 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 2 seconds, 11 seconds, 3 seconds, 22 seconds
KH Interruptions: 0
Camera on MP’s Face: 34 seconds

KH Interrupted/Responded: 49 seconds
SP: (Time’s Up) 2x
KH: Spoke 6 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 6 seconds
MP Interruptions: 2
Camera on KH’s Face: 0

If the Trump administration approves a vaccine before or after the election, should Americans take it, and would you take it?

SP: Asked question
KH Answered: 12 seconds
SP: (Time’s Up) 0x
MP Interruptions: 0
Camera on KH’s Face: 18 seconds

MP time to respond?

SEGMENT ONE TOTALS

Questions Asked
KH: 2
MP: 2
Speaking Opportunities
KH: 4
MP: 3
Interrupted Opponent
KH: 2
MP: 2
Time Allowed to Speak before SP Interrupted
KH: 3:48
MP: 3:57
Average Space Between SP’s Interruptions
KH: 6.2 seconds
MP: 7.11 seconds
Extra Speaking Time After SP Interrupted
KH: 32 seconds
MP: 41 seconds
Camera on Face
KH: 45 seconds
MP: 1:30
Total Speaking Time in Segment
KH: 4:26
MP: 5:11

Segment Two: Vice Presidency


Vice President Pence, have you had a conversation or reached an agreement with President Trump about safeguards or procedures when it comes to the issue of presidential disability? And if not, do you think you should?

SP: Asked question
MP Answered: 2:01
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 4x
MP: Spoke 10 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 2 seconds, 3 seconds, 3 seconds
KH Interruptions: 1
Camera on KH’s Face: 2 seconds
Camera on MP’s Face: 22 seconds

SP: Same question
KH Answered: 2:05
SP: Never Interrupted
MP Interruptions: 0
Camera on KH’s Face: 18 seconds

And my question to each of you in turn is, is this information voters deserve to know?

SP: Asked question
MP Answered: 1:20
SP: Never Interrupted
KH Interruptions: 0
Camera on MP’s Face: 0

SP: Same question
KH Answered: 1:22
SP: Never Interrupted
MP Interruptions: 1
Camera on KH’s Face: 13 seconds

MP Interrupted/Responded: 45 seconds
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 3x
MP: Spoke 13 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 5 seconds, 5 seconds
KH Interruptions: 0
Camera on KH’s Face: 2 seconds
Camera on MP’s Face: 3 seconds

SEGMENT TWO TOTALS

Questions Asked
KH: 2
MP: 2
Speaking Opportunities
KH: 2
MP: 3
Interrupted Opponent
KH: 1
MP: 1
Time Allowed to Speak before SP Interrupted
KH: 3:27
MP: 4:06
Average Space Between SP’s Interruptions
KH: N/A
MP: 3.6 seconds
Extra Speaking Time After SP Interrupted
KH: 0
MP: 23 seconds
Camera on Face
KH: 35 seconds
MP: 25 seconds
Total Speaking Time in Segment
KH: 3:27
MP: 4:29

Segment Three: Economy

Would raising taxes put the recovery at risk?

SP: Asked question
KH Answered: 1:56
SP: Never Interrupted
MP Interruptions: 0
Camera on KH’s Face: 34 seconds

Should Americans be braced for an economic comeback that is going to take not months, but a year or more?

SP: Asked question
MP Answered: 2:05
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 3x
MP: Spoke 6 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 4 seconds, 2 seconds
KH Interruptions: 2
Camera on MP’s Face: 0

KH Responded: 1:58
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 5x
KH: Spoke 50 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 9 seconds, 2 seconds, 15 seconds, 7 seconds
MP Interruptions: 4
Camera on KH’s Face: 0

MP Responded: 1:00
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 2x
MP: Spoke 9 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 9 seconds
KH Interruptions: 1
Camera on MP’s Face: 0

SEGMENT THREE TOTALS

Questions Asked
KH: 2
MP: 2
Speaking Opportunities
KH: 2
MP: 2
Interrupted Opponent
KH: 3
MP: 4
Time Allowed to Speak before SP Interrupted
KH: 3:54
MP: 3:05
Average Space Between SP’s Interruptions
KH: 8.25 seconds
MP: 5 seconds
Extra Speaking Time After SP Interrupted
KH: 50 seconds
MP: 15 seconds
Camera on Face
KH: 34 seconds
MP: 0 seconds
Total Speaking Time in Segment
KH: 4:44
MP: 3:20

Segment Four: Climate Change

Do you believe as the scientific community has concluded, that man-made climate change has made wildfires bigger, hotter, and more deadly and have made hurricanes wetter, slower and more damaging?

SP: Asked question
MP: Answered: 2:05
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 6x
MP: Spoke 17 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 4 seconds, 1 second, 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 4 seconds
KH Interruptions: 1
Camera on MP’s Face: 47 seconds

What exactly would be the stance of a Biden-Harris administration toward the Green New Deal?


SP: Asked question
KH Answered: 2:15
SP: Never Interrupted
MP Interruptions: 1
Camera on KH’s Face: 27 seconds

Vice President Pence, do you believe that climate change poses an existential threat?

SP: Asked question
MP Answered: 1:21
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 5x
MP: Spoke 15 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 2 seconds, 2 seconds, 5 seconds, 6 seconds
KH Interruptions: 0
Camera on MP’s Face: 0

KH Interrupted/Responded: 1:29
SP: Never Interrupted
MP Interruptions: 2
Camera on KH’s Face: 7 seconds

MP Responded: 30 seconds
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 5x
MP: Spoke 19 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 5 seconds, 6 seconds, 2 seconds, 5 seconds
KH Interruptions: 1
Camera on MP’s Face: 0

KH Interrupted/Responded: 15 seconds
SP: Never Interrupted
MP Interruptions: 0
Camera on KH’s Face: 0

SEGMENT FOUR TOTALS

Questions Asked
KH: 1
MP: 2
Speaking Opportunities
KH: 3
MP: 3
Interrupted Opponent
KH: 2
MP: 3
Time Allowed to Speak before SP Interrupted
KH: 3:59
MP: 3:56
Average Space Between SP’s Interruptions
KH: N/A
MP: 3.5 seconds
Extra Speaking Time After SP Interrupted
KH: N/A
MP: 51 seconds
Camera on Face
KH: 34 seconds
MP: 47 seconds
Total Speaking Time in Segment
KH: 3:59
MP: 4:47

Segment Five: China

Vice President Pence, how would you describe our fundamental relationship with China? Competitors? Adversaries? Enemies?

SP: Asked question
MP Answered: 2:04
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) x4
MP: Spoke 13 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 2 seconds, 3 seconds, 4 seconds
KH Interruptions: 1
Camera on MP’s Face: 16 seconds

SP: Asked same question
KH Answered: 2:04
SP: Never Interrupted
MP Interruptions: 1
Camera on KH’s Face: 41 seconds

What is your definition of the role of American leadership in 2020?

SP: Asked question
KH Answered: 2:06
SP: Never Interrupted
MP Interruptions: 0
Camera on KH’s Face: 58 seconds

MP Responded: 1:59
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 7x
MP: Spoke 35 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 12 seconds, 3 seconds, 4 seconds, 5 seconds, 4 seconds, 3 seconds
KH Interruptions: 0
Camera on MP’s Face: 0

KH Responded: 2:02
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 1x
KH: Spoke 16 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 16 seconds (only interrupted once)
MP Interruptions: 0
Camera on KH’s Face: 0

MP interrupted and tried to respond, SP said:

“I’m sorry sir, you’ve had more time than she has.”

Total scores so far, in this segment, MP had been given 4 minutes and 3 seconds plus spoke over time for 48 seconds, for a total of 4 minutes 51 seconds to speak about China/Foreign Relations. The camera was on his face for a total of 16 seconds. KH had been allowed to speak for 6 minutes and 12 seconds and spoke over for 16 seconds, giving her a total of 6 minutes and 28 seconds, with the camera on her face for 1 minute 49 seconds!

TOTAL times in the debate at this point had added up to:

KH Speaking Time 23:04
MP Speaking Time 22:38

MP had not had more time either in the segment or in the entire debate.

MP Interruption/Responded: 47 seconds
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 7x
SP Interruption Spacing: 9 seconds, 18 seconds, 3 seconds, 3 seconds, 2 seconds, 3 seconds
KH Interruptions: 0
Camera on MP’s Face: 23 seconds

SEGMENT FIVE TOTALS

Questions Asked
KH: 2
MP: 1
Speaking Opportunities
KH: 3
MP: 3 (MP had to force his 3rd speaking opportunity)
Interrupted Opponent
KH: 1
MP: 1
Time Allowed to Speak before SP Interrupted
KH: 6:12
MP: 4:03
Average Space Between SP’s Interruptions
KH: 16 seconds
MP: 5.2 seconds
Extra Speaking Time After SP Interrupted
KH: 16 seconds
MP: 1:35
Camera on Face
KH: 1:49
MP: 29 seconds
Total Speaking Time in Segment
KH: 6:28
MP: 5:38

Segment 6: Supreme Court

If Roe V Wade is overturned, what would you want Indiana to do? Would you want your home state to ban all abortions?

SP: Asked question
MP Answered: 2:02
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 4x
MP: Spoke 10 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 3 seconds, 5 seconds, 2 seconds
KH Interruptions: 0
Camera on MP’s Face: 28 seconds

If Roe V Wade is overturned, what would you want California to do? Would you want your home state to enact no restrictions on access to abortion?

SP: Asked question
KH: Answered: 2:12
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 4x
KH: Spoke 12 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 3 seconds, 5 seconds, 2 seconds
MP Interruptions: 1
Camera on KH’s Face: 23 seconds

So, tell us specifically, how would your administration protect Americans with preexisting conditions to have access to affordable insurance if the Affordable Care Act is struck down?

SP: Asked question
MP Answered: 1:36
SP: Never Interrupted
KH Interruptions: 1
Camera on MP’s Face: 45 seconds

Then, it went back and forth for a bit and SP did not interrupt much. It went like this: Harris 7 seconds, Harris 1 minute, Pence 7 seconds, Harris 2 seconds, Pence 2 seconds, Harris 2 seconds, Pence 22 seconds, Harris 52 seconds, Pence 7 seconds, with SP interrupting to end it 3 times during MP’s final 7 seconds. Both candidates interrupted each other during all but one speaking moment. The totals for this section are:
KH 2:53
MP 38 seconds

Interruptions
KH 3
MP 4

SEGMENT SIX TOTALS

Questions Asked
KH: 1
MP: 2
Speaking Opportunities
KH: 5
MP: 6
Interrupted Opponent
KH: 4
MP: 5
Time Allowed to Speak before SP Interrupted
KH: 5:05
MP: 4:09
Average Space Between SP’s Interruptions
KH: 3.33
MP: 3.33
Extra Speaking Time After SP Interrupted
KH: 12 seconds
MP: 17 seconds
Camera on Face
KH: 23 seconds
MP: 1:13
Total Speaking Time in Segment
KH: 5:27
MP: 4:26

Segment 7: Racial Justice

Senator Harris, in the case of Breonna Taylor was justice done?

SP: Asked question
KH Answered: 2:05
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 6x
KH: Spoke 14 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 2 seconds, 3 seconds, 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 2 seconds
MP Interruptions: 0
Camera on KH’s Face: 2:20

Please note the camera time here–longer than any camera time ever used on Pence, in the whole debate. this seems intentional.

SP: Same question
MP: 2:08
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 6x
MP: Spoke 18 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 3 seconds, 4 seconds, 4 seconds, 2 seconds, 5 seconds
KH Interruptions: 0
Camera on MP’s Face: 29

KH Interrupted/Responded: 43 seconds
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 3x
KH: Spoke 8 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 7 seconds, 4 seconds
MP Interruptions: 3
Camera on KH’s Face: 0

MP Responded: 51 seconds
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 7x
MP: Spoke 45 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 7 seconds, 5 seconds, 2 seconds, 5 seconds, 4 seconds, 2 seconds
KH Interruptions: 0
Camera on MP’s Face: 0

KH Interrupted/Responded: 27 seconds
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 3x
KH: Spoke 56 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 4 seconds, 52 seconds
MP Interruptions: 0
Camera on KH’s Face: 21 seconds

SEGMENT SEVEN TOTALS

Questions Asked
KH: 1
MP: 1
Speaking Opportunities
KH: 3
MP: 2
Interrupted Opponent
KH: 0
MP: 3
Time Allowed to Speak before SP Interrupted
KH: 3:15
MP: 2:59
Average Space Between SP’s Interruptions
KH: 8.8 seconds
MP: 3.9 seconds
Extra Speaking Time After SP Interrupted
KH: 1:18
MP: 1:03
Camera on Face
KH: 2:41
MP: 29 seconds
Total Speaking Time in Segment
KH: 4:33
MP: 4:02

Segment 8: The Election

If your ticket wins and president Trump refuses to accept a peaceful transfer of power, what steps would you and vice president Biden then take? What would happen next?

SP: Asked question
KH Answered: 2:01
SP: Never Interrupted
MP Interruptions: 0
Camera on KH’s Face: 2:07

If vice president Biden is declared the winner and president Trump refuses to accept a peaceful transfer of power, what would be your role and responsibility as vice president? What would you personally do?

SP: Asked question
MP Answered: 2:12
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 2
MP: Spoke 3 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 2 seconds
KH Interruptions: 0
Camera on MP’s Face: 1:13

Segment 9: Brecklynn

SP: Asked question
MP Answered: 1:33
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 2x
MP: Spoke 6 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 4 seconds
KH Interruptions: 0
Camera on MP’s Face: 1:35

SP: Same question
KH Answered: 1:35
SP: “Thank you” (Time’s Up) 1x
KH: Spoke 4 more seconds
SP Interruption Spacing: 4 seconds
MP Interruptions: 0
Camera on KH’s Face: 1:39

Totals, Summed Up

Questions Asked
KH: 13
MP: 14

Speaking Opportunities
24 each

Note that when one candidate has less questions asked of them and the same amount of speaking opportunities, this means that they get extra time to speak freely without an agenda. It is an advantage to be asked fewer questions but still be given opportunity to “respond.”

Interrupted Opponent
KH 13
MP 19

Time Allowed to Speak Before Being Interrupted

It appeared as though the Vice President was speaking over-time quite a bit. I wondered if that perception was accurate. This is what I found:

Main Questions

In the question about the Vice Presidency, MP was interrupted by SP when he had spoken 4 minutes less than KH, and KH was not interrupted at all. KH spoke 2 minutes and 5 seconds with no interruptions, MP spoke 2 minutes 1 second and was interrupted.

On Climate Change, KH was allowed to speak for 2 minutes 15 seconds without SP interrupting her once.

In fact, if MP ever spoke 1 second over the 2 minute mark, he was always interrupted. KH was allowed to pass the 2 minute mark 5 times out of 8 questions without being interrupted by SP at all!!

In the end, both candidates got about equal time to answer the main questions, though KH got 2 seconds more.

Discussion Time

When responding to something KH had said, the longest time MP spoke without being interrupted by SP was 22 seconds. If his response was any longer, he was always interrupted. In contrast, KH was able to respond without interruption for 1 minute 1 second, 1 minute 29 seconds, 1 minute 7 seconds, and 52 seconds.

In the end, KH got 16 minutes of discussion time, and MP got 13 minutes 36 seconds.

If Vice President Mike Pence Didn’t Speak Over Time

If MP did not speak overtime, he would have had a total of 31 minutes, 50 seconds of speaking time in the entire debate, and KH would have had 34 minutes and 16 seconds. This may not seem like a lot, but when we are talking about 45 second to 2 minute time chunks of speaking in a debate, an over 3 minute deficit actually adds up to a lot of missed opportunity.

Even with MP’s speaking over time (which we’ve established was not always over-time, it was just called sooner than KH’s time), his total speaking time was less:

Final Speaking Time Totals


KH 36 minutes 45 seconds
MP 35 minutes 45 seconds

Do you see that MP had to speak over time in order to have equal time? And even then, he had 1 minute less time than KH.

The Spacing Between Interruptions

SP would interrupt a candidate with a “Thank you,” quite politely (even if it wasn’t fair, she was a much more polite and competent moderator than Chris Wallace). Then she would wait a little while and interrupt again. I wanted to find out if she gave one candidate more space between interruptions. The averages are as follows:

KH was allowed to speak 8.9 seconds before being interrupted again
MP was allowed to speak 4.6 seconds before being interrupted again

This makes a big difference in the audience’s perception of the candidates, if they hear “Thank you” more times after one candidate speaks than they do of the other.

Camera Time

We are visual people! What we see matters! Young men saw the USS Arizona being bombed on TV and then voluntarily signed up to potentially sacrifice their own lives in World War II. What we see impacts us a lot!

I think it is really important to note that KH got 12 minutes of camera time when it was only her on the screen, and MP only got 8 minutes. This is a big deal!

Overall

I do feel that Susan Page was a much better moderator than Chris Wallace, but this debate was not entirely fair. When one candidate gets interrupted much more often, and more quickly than another, it deceives the audience and makes them believe that the candidate is less respectful of the time and rules. Also, when one candidate is shown on camera FOUR minutes more than the other, that’s a big deal! I’m sad to see so much trickery going on, and I hope the American people can see through it. The big question is, do they really feel like they have to cheat to win?


What did Vice President Mike Pence Say in the Debate?

As usual, I like to analyze what each candidate said. In this case, I have included Vice President Mike Pence’s words from the debate here and color-coded them so that we can clearly see what he said.

Key

This is how I have coded his words:

Bold, bigger letters are questions from Susan Page.


Orange letters are attacks against the policies of former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris.
Yellow letters are personal attacks against either Senator Kamala Harris or former Vice President Joe Biden. These have no place in a civil debate.
Purple letters are statements about his record, President Trump’s records, or about their values or beliefs.
Blue letters are the most important, because those are policy statements or “We WILL ___” statements. These are the most significant words spoken in a debate. Sadly, there have been few of these uttered in either of the two 2020 presidential debates. Scroll below to see how few policy words were spoken.
Black letters are extra, they are not history records, policy statements or attacks. Sometimes, they are “thank you’s” or contain gestures. Often times, they are time-fillers in order to avoid the real question.

Did He Answer the Questions?

I think it is really important to look at his answers to the questions. He did not give a response to several of Susan Page’s questions, avoiding the topics completely.

What He Said:

Why is the US death toll, as a percentage of our population, higher than that of almost every other wealthy country? And you have two minutes to respond without interruption.

Susan, thank you. And I want to thank the Commission and the University of Utah for hosting this event. And Senator Harris, it’s a privilege to be on the stage with you. And our nation has gone through a very challenging time this year. But I want the American people to know that from the very first day, President Donald Trump has put the health of America first. Before there were more than five cases in the United States, all people who had returned from China, President Donald Trump did what no other American president had ever done. And that was, he suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world. Now, Senator Joe Biden opposed that decision. He said it was xenophobic and hysterical. But I can tell you having led the white house coronavirus task force that that decision alone by President Trump bought us invaluable time to stand up the greatest national mobilization since World War Two.

And I believe it saved hundreds of thousands of American lives. Because with that time, we were able to reinvent testing. More than 115 million tests had been done to date. We were able to see to the delivery of billions of supplies, so our doctors and nurses had the resources support they needed. And we began, really, before the month of February we started to develop a vaccine and to develop medicines and therapeutics that have been saving lives all along the way. And under President Trump’s leadership, Operation Warp Speed, we believe we’ll have literally tens of millions of doses of a vaccine before the end of this year. The reality is, when you look at the Biden plan, it reads an awful lot like what President Trump, and I, and our task force has been doing every step of the way. And quite frankly, when I look at their plan that 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. And I think the American people know that this is a president who has put the health-

[speaking over time] … of America first. And the American people, I believe with my heart, can be proud-

[speaking over time]… of the sacrifices they have made. It’s saved countless American lives-

Susan, I have to weigh in here-

I have to weigh in.

There’s not a day gone by that I haven’t thought of every American family that’s lost a loved one. And I want all of you to know that you’ll always be in our hearts and in our prayers. But when you say what the American people have done over these last eight months, hasn’t worked, that’s a great disservice to the sacrifices the American people have made-

But the reality… If I may finish, Senator. The reality is Dr. Fauci said everything that he told the president in the Oval Office, the president told the American. Now President Trump, I will tell you, has boundless confidence in the American people, and he always spoke with confidence that we’d get through this together. But when you say it hasn’t worked… When Dr. Fauci, and Dr. Birx, and our medical experts came to us in the second week of March, they said, if the president didn’t take the unprecedented step of shutting down roughly half of the American economy, that we could lose 2.2 million Americans. That’s the reality.

[speaking over time] They also said to us, if we did everything right, Susan, we could still lose more than 200,000 Americans.

[speaking over time] One life lost is too many, Susan. But the American people, I believe, deserve credit for the sacrifices that they have made, putting the health of their family and their neighbors first, our doctors, our nurses, our first responders.

[speaking over time] And I’m going to speak up on behalf of what the American people have done.

How can you expect Americans to follow the administration’s safety guidelines to protect themselves from COVID when you at the White House have not been doing so?

Well, the American people have demonstrated over the last eight months, that when given the facts, they’re willing to put the health of their families and their neighbors and people they don’t even know first. President Trump and I have great confidence in the American people and their ability to take that information and put it into practice. In the height of the epidemic when we were losing a heartbreaking number of 2,500 Americans a day, we surged resources to New Jersey and New York and New Orleans and Detroit. We told the American people what needed to be done, and the American people made the sacrifices. When the outbreak in the Sun Belt happened this summer, again, Americans stepped forward. But the reality is the work of the President of the United States goes on. A vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States has come upon us, and the President introduced Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

If I may say, that Rose Garden event, been a great deal of speculation about it. My wife, Karen and I were there and honored to be there. Many of the people who were at that event, Susan, actually were tested for Coronavirus, and it was an outdoor event, which all of our scientists regularly and routinely advise. The difference here is President Trump and I trust the American people to make choices in the best interest of their health. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris consistently talk about mandates, and not just mandates with the Coronavirus, but a government takeover of healthcare, the Green New Deal, all government control. We’re about freedom and respecting the freedom of the American people.

Which we’ve always done.

Vice President Pence, have you had a conversation or reached an agreement with President Trump about safeguards or procedures when it comes to the issue of presidential disability? And if not, do you think you should? You have two minutes without interruption.

Well, Susan, thank you. Although, I would like to go back.

Well, thank you, but I would like to go back because the reality is that we’re going to have a vaccine, Senator, in record time. In unheard of time, in less than a year. We have five companies in phase three clinical trials. And we’re right now producing tens of millions of doses. So the fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if the vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think is unconscionable. And Senator, I just ask you, stop playing politics with people’s lives. The reality is that we will have a vaccine, we believe, before the end of this year. And it will have the capacity to save countless American lives. And your continuous undermining of confidence in a vaccine is just, it’s unacceptable. And let me also say, the reality is, when you talk about failure in this administration, we actually do know what failure looks like in a pandemic.

It was 2009. The Swine flu arrived in the United States. Thankfully, it ended up not being as lethal as the Coronavirus. But before the end of the year, when Joe Biden was Vice President of the United States, not seven and a half million people contracted the Swine flu, 60 million Americans contracted the Swine flu. If the Swine flu had been as lethal as the Coronavirus in 2009 when Joe Biden was Vice President, we would have lost 2 million American lives. His own chief of staff, Ron Klain would say last year that it was pure luck that they did, “Everything possible wrong.” And we learned from that. They left the strategic national stockpile empty. They left an empty and hollow plan, but we still learn from it, and I think the American people, I’m going to say again, can be proud of what we have done. And Senator, please stop undermining confidence in a vaccine.

And in recent days, President Trump’s doctors have given misleading answers, or refused to answer basic questions about his health. And my question to each of you in turn is, is this information voters deserve to know? Vice President Pence, would you like to go first?

Well, Susan, thank you. And let me say on behalf of the President and the First Lady, how moved we’ve all been by the outpouring of prayers and concern for the President. And I do believe it’s emblematic of the prayers and the concern that have ushered forth for every American impacted by the Coronavirus. But the care of the President received at Walter Reed Hospital, the White House doctors was exceptional. And the transparency that they practiced all along the way will continue. The American people have a right to know about-

the health and well-being of their president, and we’ll continue to do that. But I’m just extremely grateful and was more than a little moved by the broad and bipartisan support. And Senator, I want to thank you and Joe Biden for your expressions and genuine concern. And I also want to congratulate you, as I did on that phone call, on the historic nature of your nomination.

I never expected to be on this stage four years ago, so I know the feeling, but the reality is we’ve got an election before the American people in the midst of this challenging year and the stakes have never been higher, but I think the choice has never been here.

[Interruption] Susan, Susan-

Well, look, I respect the fact that Joe Biden spent 47 years in public life. I respect your public service as well.

The American people have a president who was a businessman, he’s a job creator. Who’s paid tens of millions of dollars in taxes, payroll taxes, property taxes. He’s created tens of thousands of American jobs. And the President said those public reports are not accurate. And the President’s also released literally stacks of financial disclosures the American people can review just as the law allows. But the distinction here is that Joe Biden, 47 years in public service compared to President Donald Trump, who brought all of that experience four years ago-

[speaking over time] … and turned this economy around by cutting taxes, rolling back regulations-

[speaking over time] … unleashing American energy, fighting for free and fair trade. And all of that’s on the line-

[speaking over time] … if Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are elected.

When President Trump and I took office, America had gone through the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression. It was when Joe Biden was vice president, they tried to tax and spend, and regulate, and bail our way back to a growing economy. President Trump cut taxes across the board. Despite what Senator Harris says, the average American family of four had $2,000 in savings in taxes. And with the rise in wages that occurred, most predominantly for blue collar, hardworking Americans, the average household income for a family of four increased by $4,000 following President Trump’s tax cuts. But America, you just heard Senator Harris tell you, on day one, Joe Biden’s going to raise your taxes. It’s really remarkable to think-

I mean, right after a time where we’re going through a pandemic that lost 22 million jobs at the height, we’ve already added back 11.6 million jobs because we had a president who cut taxes, rolled back regulation, unleashed American energy, fought for free and fair trade and secured four trillion dollars from the Congress of the United States to give direct payments to families, save 50 million jobs through the Paycheck Protection Program. We literally have spared no expense to help the American people and the American worker through this. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want to raise taxes. They want to bury our economy under a two trillion dollar Green New Deal, which you were one of the original co-sponsors of in the United States Senate. They want to abolish fossil fuels, and ban fracking, which would cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs all across the heartland. And Joe Biden wants to go back to the economic surrender to China. When we took office, half of our international trade deficit was with China alone. And Joe Biden wants to repeal all of the tariffs that President Trump put into effect to fight for American jobs and American workers. Joe Biden says democracy is on the ballot. Make no mistake about it, the American economy, the American comeback is on the ballot with four more years of growth and opportunity and four more years of President Donald Trump,

[speaking over time] 2021 is going to be the biggest economic year in this country.

[interruption] He said he’s going to repeal the Trump tax cuts.

The important thing is you said the truth. Joe Biden has said it twice in the debate last week that he’s going to repeal the Trump tax cuts. That was tax cuts that gave the average working family $2,000 in a tax break every single year-

[interruption] Senator, that’s the math.

[interruption] Is he the only going to repeal part of the Trump tax cuts?

[interruption] Please.

[interruption] Susan, please.

[interruption] Not so.

Well. I hope we have a chance to talk about healthcare because Obamacare was a disaster, and the American people remember it well. And President Trump and I have a plan to improve healthcare and protect preexisting conditions for every American. But look, Senator Harris, you’re entitled to your own opinion, but you’re not entitled to your own facts. You yourself said on multiple occasions when you were running for president, that you would ban fracking. Joe Biden looked at a supporter in the eye and pointed and said, “I guarantee, I guarantee that we will abolish fossil fuels.”

They have a $2 trillion version of the Green New Deal, Susan, that your newspaper, USA Today, said really wasn’t that very different from the original Green New Deal. More taxes, more regulation, banning fracking, abolishing fossil fuel, crushing American energy and economic surrender to China is a prescription for economic decline. President Trump and I will keep America growing, the V-shape recovery that’s underway right now will continue with four more years of President Donald Trump

Do you believe as the scientific community has concluded, that man-made climate change has made wildfires bigger, hotter, and more deadly and have made hurricanes wetter, slower and more damaging? You have two minutes uninterrupted.

Thank you, Susan. Well, first, I’m very proud of our record on the environment, on conservation. According to all of the best estimates, our air and land are cleaner than any time ever recorded. Our water is among the cleanest in the world. And just a little while ago, the president signed the Outdoors Act. It’s the largest investment in our public lands and public parks in 100 years. So President Trump has made a commitment to conservation and to the environment.

Now with regard to climate change, the climate is changing, but the issue is what’s the cause and what do we do about it? President Trump has made it clear that we’re going to continue to listen to the science. Now Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would put us back in the Paris Climate Accord. They’d impose the Green New Deal, which would crush American energy, would increase the energy costs of American families in their homes, and literally would crush American jobs.

And President Trump and I believe that the progress that we have made in a cleaner environment has been happening precisely because we have a strong, free market economy. What’s remarkable is the United States has reduced CO2 more than the countries that are still in the Paris Climate Accord, but we’ve done it through innovation. And we’ve done it through natural gas and fracking, which Senator, the American people can go look at the record. I know Joe Biden says otherwise now, as you do, but the both of you repeatedly committed to abolishing fossil fuel and banning of fracking.

And so by creating the kind of American innovation, we’re actually steering toward a stronger and better environment. With regard to wildfires, President Trump and I believe that forest management has to be front and center. And even Governor Gavin Newsom from your state has agreed, we’ve got to work on forest management. And with regard to hurricanes, the National Oceanic Administration tells us that actually as difficult as they are, there are no more hurricanes today than there were 100 years ago-

[speaking over time] … but many of the climate alarmists-

[speaking over time] … use hurricanes and wildfires to try and sell the goods of a Green New Deal. And President Trump and I are going to always put-

[speaking over time] … American jobs and American workers first.

Vice President Pence, do you believe that climate change poses an existential threat?

As I said, Susan, the climate is changing. We’ll follow the science. But once again, Senator Harris is denying the fact that they’re going to raise taxes on every American. Joe Biden said twice in the debate last week, that on day one, he was going to repeal the Trump tax cuts. Those tax cuts delivered $2,000 in tax relief to the average family of four across America. And with regard to banning fracking, I just recommend that people look at the record. You yourself said repeatedly that you would ban fracking. You were the first Senate co-sponsor of the Green New Deal. And while Joe Biden denied the green new deal, Susan, thank you for pointing out. The Green New Deal is on their campaign website.

And as USA TODAY said, it’s essentially the same plan as you co-sponsored with AOC when she submitted it in the Senate. And you just heard the Senator say that she’s going to resubmit America to the Paris climate accord. Look, the American people have always cherished our environment and will continue to cherish it. We’ve made great progress reducing CO2 emissions through American innovation and the development of natural gas through fracking. We don’t need a massive $2 trillion Green New Deal that would impose all new mandates on American businesses and American families.

[speaking over time] Joe Biden wants us to retrofit-

[speaking over time] Four million business-

[speaking over time] Buildings. It makes no sense. It will cost jobs. President Trump-

[speaking over time] He’s going to put America first. He’s going to put jobs first and we’re going to take care of our environment and follow the science.

Well, 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. And again, Senator Harris, you’re 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-

[speaking over time] Roll back regulation, unleashed American energy. This administration saw 500,000 manufacturing-

[speaking over time] Jobs created, and that’s exactly the kind of growth we’re going to continue to see as we bring our nation through-

[speaking over time] This pandemic.

[speaking over time] A Green New Deal-

[speaking over time] You’re passing new mandates, your Paris Climate Accord. It’s going to kill jobs this time, just like it killed jobs-

Vice President Pence, how would you describe our fundamental relationship with China? Competitors? Adversaries? Enemies? You have two minutes.

Thank you, Susan. Well, before I leave that, let me speak to voting records if I can. Everybody knows that NAFTA costs literally thousands of American factories to close. We saw automotive jobs go South of the border. President Trump fought to renegotiate NAFTA. In the United States, Mexico and Canada the agreement is now the law of the land. American people deserve to know Senator Kamala Harris was one of only 10 members of the Senate to vote against the USMCA. It was a huge win for American auto workers. It was a huge win for American farmers, especially dairy in the upper Midwest. But Senator you said it didn’t go far enough on climate change, you put your radical environmental agenda ahead of American auto workers and a head of American jobs. I think the American people deserve to know that it’s probably why Newsweek magazine said that Kamala Harris was the most liberal member of the United States Senate in 2019, more liberal than Bernie Sanders, more liberal than any of the others in the United States Senate.

So now with regard to China, Susan first and foremost, China is to blame for the coronavirus and President Trump is not happy about it. He’s made that very clear, made it clear again today that China and the world health organization did not play straight with the American people. They did not let our personnel into China to get information on the Coronavirus until the middle of February. Fortunately, President Trump in dealing with China from the outset of this administration, standing up to China that had been taking advantage of America for decades in the wake of Joe Biden’s cheerleading for China. President Trump made that decision before the end of January to suspend all travel from China. And again, the American people deserve to know Joe Biden opposed President Trump’s decision to suspend all travel from China. He said it was hysterical. He said it was-

[speaking over time] The President Trump has stood up-

[speaking over time] To China. We’re going to continue to stand strong.

[speaking over time] We want to improve the relationship, but we’re going to level the playing field and we’re going to hold China accountable-

[speaking over time] for what they did to America with the coronavirus.

[interruption] Not true.

Thank you. Well, President Trump kept his word when we moved the American embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of the state of Israel. When Joe Biden was vice president, they promised to do that and they never did. We stood strong with our allies, but we’ve been demanding. NATO is now contributing more to our common defense than ever before thanks to President Trump’s leadership. We’ve strengthened our alliances across the Asia Pacific, and we’ve stood strong against those who would do us harm. When President Trump came into office, ISIS had captured an area of the middle East, the size of Pennsylvania, but President Trump unleashed the American military and our armed forces destroy the ISIS caliphate and took down their leader, al-Baghdadi without one American casualty. Al-Baghdadi was responsible for the death of thousands, but notably America’s hearts today are with the family of Kayla Mueller. Her parents, which are here with us tonight in Salt Lake City. Today, two of the ISIS killers responsible for Kayla Mueller’s murder were brought to justice in the United States.

Jihadi John was killed on the battlefield along with the other beetle. The reality is that when Joe Biden was vice president, we had an opportunity to save Kayla Mueller. Breaks my heart to reflect on it, but the military came into the oval office, presented a plan, they said they knew where Kayla was. Baghdadi had held her for 18 months, abused or mercilessly before they killed her, but when Joe Biden was Vice President they hesitated for a month, and when armed forces finally went in, it was clear she’d been moved two days earlier. And her family says with a heart that broke the heart of every American, that if president Donald Trump had been president, they believe Kayla would be alive today.

[speaking over time] But we we destroyed the ISIS caliphate and you talk about re-entering the Iran nuclear deal. I mean the last administration transferred $1.8 billion to the leading state sponsor of terrorism.

[speaking over time] President Donald Trump got us out of the deal-

[speaking over time] … And when Qassem Soleimani was traveling to Baghdad-

[speaking over time] … To do harm to Americans, President Donald Trump took him out-

[speaking over time] And America is safer, our allies are safer and the American people know president Donald Trump will never hesitate to take action

[interruption] I really have to respond to that. She has-

[interruption] Well, I’ve got to have more than that. Look-

Slanders against President Donald Trump regarding men and women of our armed forces are absurd.

My son is in captain in the United States Marine Corps. My son-in-law’s deployed in the United States Navy. I can assure all of you with sons and daughters serving in our military, President Donald Trump, not only respects, but reveres all of those who serve in our armed forces and any suggestion, otherwise is ridiculous. Let me also say the American people deserve to know-Joe Biden

Go right ahead.

If Roe V Wade is overturned, what would you want Indiana to do? Would you want your home state to ban all abortions? You have two minutes uninterrupted.

Well, thank you for the question, but I’ll use a little bit of my time to respond to that very important issue before. The American people deserve to know Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general was responsible for the death of hundreds of American service members. When the opportunity came, we saw him headed to Baghdad to kill more Americans. President Trump didn’t hesitate and Qassem Soleimani is gone, but you deserve to know the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris actually criticized the decision to take out Qassem Soleimani. it’s really inexplicably, but with regard to Joe Biden, it’s explainable because history records a Joe Biden actually opposed the raid against a Osama bin Ladin. It’s absolutely essential that we have a commander in chief who will not hesitate to act to protect American lives and to protect American service members, and that’s what you have in President Donald Trump.

Now with regard to the Supreme court of the United States, let me say that President Trump and I could not be more enthusiastic about the opportunity to see Amy Coney Barrett become Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and she’s a brilliant woman and she will bring a lifetime of experience and a sizeable American family to the Supreme court of the United States, and our hope is in the hearing next week, unlike Justice Cavenaugh received with treatment from you and others, that we hope she gets a fair hearing. And we particularly hope that we don’t see the kind of attacks on her Christian faith that we saw before. I mean, the Democrat chairman of the Judiciary Committee before, when Judge Barrett was being confirmed for the court of appeals, expressed concern that the dogma of her faith lived loudly and her, and Dick Durbin of Illinois said that it was a concern. Senator, I know one of our judicial nominees you actually attacked, because they were a member of the Catholic Knights of Columbus. Just because the Knights of Columbus holds pro-life views-

So, my hope is that when the hearing takes place that-

… That Judge Amy Coney Barrett will be respectfully voted and confirmed into the Supreme court of the United States.

So, tell us specifically, how would your administration protect Americans with preexisting conditions to have access to affordable insurance if the Affordable Care Act is struck down?

Well, thank you, Susan, but let me just say, addressing your very first question. I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. I’m pro-life. I don’t apologize for it, and this is another one of those cases where there’s such a dramatic contrast. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support taxpayer funding of abortion all the way up to the moment of birth. Late term abortion. They want to increase funding to Planned Parenthood of America. For our part, I would never presume how Judge Amy Coney Barrett would rule on the Supreme Court of the United States, but we’ll continue to stand strong for the right to life. When you speak about the Supreme Court, though, I think the American people really deserve an answer, Senator Harris. Are you and Joe Biden going to pack the court if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed? I mean, there’ve been 29 vacancies on the Supreme Court during presidential election years from George Washington to Barack Obama.

Presidents have nominated in all 29 cases, but your party is actually openly advocating, adding seats to the Supreme court, which has had nine seats for 150 years if you don’t get your way. This is a classic case of if you can’t win by the rules, you’re going to change the rules. Now you’ve refused to answer the question. Joe Biden has refused to answer the question-

So I think the American people would really like to know if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed at the Supreme Court of the United States. Are you and Joe Biden, if somehow you win this election, going to pack the Supreme Court to get your way?

No, I’d like you to answer the question.

People, Susan, are voting right now. They’d like to know if you and Joe Biden are going to pack the Supreme Court if you don’t get your way in this nomination.

You, once again, gave a non-answer. Joe Biden gave a non-answer.

You know the people deserve a straight answer, and if you haven’t figured it out yet, the straight answer is they are going to pack the Supreme Court if they somehow win this election. Men and women, I got to tell you people across this country, if you cherish our Supreme Court, if you cherish the separation of powers, you need to reject the Biden Harris ticket come November the third, reelect President Donald Trump, and we’ll stand by that separation powers in a nine seats Supreme Court.

Please.

I just want the record to reflect she never answered the question. Maybe in the next debate Joe Biden will answer the question, but I think the American people know the answer.

Well, our heart breaks for the loss of any innocent American life and the family of Breonna Taylor has our sympathies. But I trust our justice system, a grand jury that refuse the evidence. And it really is remarkable that as a former prosecutor, you would assume that an impaneled grand jury looking at all the evidence, got it wrong. But you’re entitled to your opinion, Senator. I think, and with regard to George Floyd, there’s no excuse for what happened to George Floyd. Justice will be served, but there’s also no excuse for the rioting and looting that followed. I mean, it really is astonishing. Flora Westbrook is with us here tonight in Salt Lake city. Just a few weeks ago, I stood at what used to be her salon, it was burned to the ground by rioters and looters. And Flora is still trying to put her life back together.

And I must tell you, this presumption that you hear consistently from Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, that America is systemically racist, and that as Joe Biden said that he believes that law enforcement has an implicit bias against minorities is a great insult to the men and women who serve in law enforcement. And I want everyone to know who puts on the uniform of law enforcement every day, President Trump and I stand with you. And it is remarkable that when Senator Tim Scott tried to pass a police reform bill, brought together a group of Republicans and Democrats, Senator Harris, you got up and walked out of the room and then you filibustered Senator Tim Scott’s bill on the Senate floor that would have provided new accountability, new repeat resources. We don’t have to choose between supporting law enforcement, proving public safety and supporting our African-American neighbors and all of our minorities. Under President Trump’s leadership-

We’ll always stand with law enforcement and we’ll do what we’ve done-

From day one, it is improve the lives of African-Americans, record unemployment, record investments in education.

We’ll fight for school choice for all of

Not. Not true.

Thank you, Susan. I appreciate that very much. I think this is one of the things that makes people dislike the media so much in this country, Susan, is that you selectively edit just like Senator Harris did, comments that President Trump and I and others on our side made. I mean, Senator Harris conveniently omitted after the President made comments about people on either side of the debate over monuments, he condemned the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists and has done so repeatedly. You’re concerned that he doesn’t condemn neo-Nazis. President Trump has Jewish grandchildren. His daughter and son-in-law are Jewish. This is a President who respects and cherishes all of the American people.

But you talk about having personally prosecuted. I’m glad you brought up your record, Senator.

I really need to make this point. When you were DA in San Francisco, when you left office, African-Americans were 19 times more likely to be prosecuted for minor drug offenses than whites and Hispanics. When you were Attorney General of California, you increased the disproportionate incarceration of blacks in California.

You did nothing on criminal justice reform in California. You didn’t lift a finger to pass the first step back on Capitol Hill. I mean, the reality is your record speaks for itself.

President Trump and I have fought for criminal justice before-

We fought for educational choice and opportunities for African-Americans and all of our members.

And we’ll do it for four more years.

If vice president Biden is declared the winner and president Trump refuses to accept a peaceful transfer of power, what would be your role and responsibility as vice president? What would you personally do? You have two minutes.

Well, Susan, first and foremost, I think we’re going to win this election. Because while Joe Biden and Kamala Harris rattle off a long litany of the establishment in Washington, DC and establishment that Joe Biden’s been a part of for 47 years, president Donald Trump has as launched a movement of everyday Americans from every walk of life. And I have every confidence that the same Americans that delivered that historic victory in 2016, they see this president’s record where we rebuild our military. We revived our economy through tax cuts and rolling back regulation, fighting for fair trade, unleashing American energy. We appointed conservatives to our federal courts at every level. And we stood with the men and women of law enforcement every single day. And I think that movement of Americans has only grown stronger in the last four years.

But 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. 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. 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. And now Hillary Clinton has actually said to Joe Biden that, in her words, under no circumstances, should he concede the election.

So let me just say, I think we’re going to 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’ll create a massive opportunity for voter fraud. And we have a free and fair election. We know we’re going to have confidence in it. And I believe in all my heart that president Donald Trump is going to be reelected for four more years.

Brooklyn, it’s a wonderful question. And let me just commend you for taking an interest in public life. I started following the news when I was very young. And in America, we believe in a free and open exchange of debate. And we celebrate that. It’s how we’ve created literally the freest and most prosperous nation in the history of the world. I would tell you that, don’t assume that what you’re seeing on your local news networks is synonymous with the American people.

I look at the relationship between Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the late justice who we just lost from the Supreme Court, and the late justice Antonin Scalia. They were on polar opposites on the Supreme Court of the United States. One very liberal one, very conservative. But what’s been learned since her passing was the two of them and their families were the very closest of friends. Here in America, we can disagree. We can debate vigorously as Senator Harris and I have on this stage tonight. But when the debate is over, we come together as Americans. And that’s what people do, in big cities and small towns all across this country. So I just want to encourage you, Brooklyn. I want to tell you that we’re going to work every day to have government as good as our people, and the American people each and every day. Love a good debate. We love a good argument. But we always come together and are always there for one another in times of need. And we’ve especially learned that through the difficulties of this year.

What Did His Words Amount To?

In the end, Vice President Mike Pence spoke a total of 6,026 words.

  • 2,293 words, or approximately 38% of what Vice President Mike Pence said was a policy attack on either former Vice President Joe Biden or Senator Kamala Harris.
  • 44 words, or .07% of what Vice President Mike Pence said was a personal attack on either Vice President Joe Biden or Senator Kamala Harris.
  • 1,618 words, or 27% of what Vice President Mike Pence said was about his record, President Trump’s record, or about their personal values or beliefs.
  • 621 words, or 10% of what Vice President Mike Pence said was about their policy plans. So few words on the most important part of a presidential debate!

To Sum Up His Policy Statements

Below is a list of what Vice President Mike Pence declared they would do. This is not an analysis of what is true or false or of what each statement actually means. It’s only a list of what he said.

  1. They will have tens of millions of doses of a vaccine before the end of the year.
  2. They won’t be making public health mandates because they trust the American people to make choices in the best interest of their health.
  3. They want to respect the freedom of the American people.
  4. They will continue to share about the health and well-being of the president openly.
  5. The American economy will continue to grow and provide opportunities if President Trump is elected for four more years and 2021 will be the biggest economic year in this country.
  6. They will provide a plan for healthcare that includes protecting people with pre-existing conditions.
  7. They have made a commitment to the preservation of the environment and they will listen to the science.
  8. They will continue to encourage American innovation that helps the environment.
  9. They will make sure that forest management is improved to prevent future fires.
  10. They will always put America and American jobs and American workers first.
  11. They will keep increasing manufacturing jobs.
  12. They will continue to be strong against China. They want to improve the relationship with China but will also hold them accountable for Coronavirus.
  13. They will not hesitate to protect American lives and service members.
  14. They will continue to stand strong for the sanctity of human life.
  15. They will stand by the separation of powers in a nine seat Supreme Court.
  16. They will support and stand by law enforcement.
  17. They don’t have to choose between supporting law enforcement, providing public safety and supporting minorities.
  18. They will continue to improve the lives of African Americans through record unemployment and record investments in education.
  19. They will fight for education choice for African Americans and for everyone.

I’d like to go through these statements one-by-one in another post, because I think that they require some analysis and explanation. For now, I will leave you with his words. After reading his color-coded words, what are your thoughts?

What Did Senator Kamala Harris Say in the Debate?

As usual, I like to analyze what each candidate said. In this case, I have included Senator Kamala Harris’s words from the debate here and color-coded them so that we can clearly see what she said.

Key

This is how I have coded her words:

Bold, bigger letters are questions from Susan Page.


Orange letters are attacks against the policies of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence’s administration.
Yellow letters are personal attacks against either President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence. These have no place in a civil debate.
Purple letters are statements about her record, former Vice President Joe Biden’s records, or about their values or beliefs.
Blue letters are the most important, because those are policy statements or “We WILL ___” statements. These are the most significant words spoken in a debate. Sadly, there have been few of these uttered in either of the two 2020 presidential debates. Scroll below to see how few policy words were spoken.
Black letters are extra, they are not history records, policy statements or attacks. Sometimes, they are “thank you’s” or contain gestures. Often times, they are time-fillers in order to avoid the real question.

Did She Answer the Questions?

I think it is really important to look at her answers to the questions. She did not give a response to several of Susan Page’s questions, avoiding the topics completely.

What She Said:

What would a Biden administration do in January and February that a Trump administration wouldn’t do? Would you impose new lockdowns for businesses and schools and hotspots, a federal mandate to wear masks? You have two minutes to respond without interruption.

Thank you, Susan. Well, the American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country. And here are the facts. 210,000 dead people in our country in just the last several months. Over 7 million people who have contracted this disease. One in five businesses closed. We’re looking at frontline workers who have been treated like sacrificial workers. We are looking at over 30 million people, who in the last several months, had to file for unemployment. And here’s the thing, on January 28th, the vice president and the president were informed about the nature of this pandemic. They were informed that it’s lethal in consequence, that it is airborne, that it will affect young people, and that it would be contracted because it is airborne. And they knew what was happening, and they didn’t tell you.

Kamala Harris: (03:21)
Can you imagine if you knew on January 28th, as opposed to March 13th, what they knew, what you might’ve done to prepare? They knew, and they covered it up. The president said it was a hoax. They minimized the seriousness of it. The president said, “You’re on one side of his ledger if you wear a mask. You’re on the other side of his ledger if you don’t.” And in spite of all of that, today, they still don’t have a plan. They still don’t have a plan. Well, Joe Biden does. And our plan is about what we need to do around a national strategy for contact tracing, for testing, for administration of the vaccine, and making sure that it will be free for all. That is the plan that Joe Biden has and that I have, knowing that we have to get a hold of what has been going on, and we need to save our country. And Joe Biden is the best leader to do that. And frankly, this administration has forfeited their-

… right to reelection based on this. [speaking overtime]

Thank you, Vice President Pence. Senator Harris, would you like to respond?

Absolutely. Whatever the vice president is claiming the administration has done, clearly, it hasn’t worked. When you’re looking at over 210,000 dead bodies in our country, American lives that have been lost, families that are grieving that loss, and the vice president is the head of the task force and knew on January 28th, how serious this was. And then, thanks to Bob Woodward, we learned that they knew about it. And then when that was exposed, the vice president said, when asked, “Well, why didn’t you all tell anybody?” He said, “Because the president wanted people to remain calm.”

No. But Susan, this is important. And I want to add- [speaking overtime]

Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking. [speaking overtime]

I’m speaking. [speaking overtime]

Thank you. So I want to ask the American people, how calm were you when you were panicked about where you were going to get your next roll of toilet paper? How calm were you when your kids were sent home from school and you didn’t know when they could go back? How calm were you-

… when your children- [speaking overtime]

… couldn’t see your parents because you were afraid they could kill them. [speaking overtime]

I’m referring to the president- [Interruption]

Let’s talk about respecting the American people. You respect the American people when you tell them the truth. You respect the American people when you have the courage to be a leader.

Speaking of those things that you may not want people to hear, but they need to hear so they can protect themselves. But this administration stood on information that, if you had as a parent, if you had as a worker, knowing you didn’t have enough money saved up, and now you’re standing in a food line because of the ineptitude of a administration that was unwilling to speak the truth to the American people. So let’s talk about caring about the American people. The American people have had to sacrifice far too much because of the incompetence of this administration. It is asking too much of the people-

It is asking too much of the people. That they would not be equipped with the information they need to help themselves to protect their parents and their children.

That’s fine, I’m Kamala.

No, no, you’re Senator Harris to me. For life to get back to normal, Dr. Anthony Fauci and other experts say that most of the people who can be vaccinated need to be vaccinated. But half of Americans now say they wouldn’t take a vaccine if it was released now. If the Trump administration approves a vaccine before or after the election, should Americans take it, and would you take it?

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.

Senator Harris, let me ask you the same question that I asked her Vice President Pence, which is, have you had a conversation or reached an agreement with Vice President Biden about safeguards or procedures when it comes to the issue of presidential disability? And if not, and if you win the election next month, do you think you should? You have two minutes uninterrupted.

Let me tell you first of all, the day I got the call from Joe Biden, it was actually a Zoom call, asking me to serve with him on this ticket was probably one of the most memorable days of my life. I thought about my mother, who came to the United States at the age of 19, gave birth to me at the age of 25 at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, California. And the thought that I’d be sitting here right now, I know, would make her proud. And she must be looking down on this. Joe and I were raised in a very similar way. We were raised with values that are about hard work, about the value and the dignity of public service, and about the importance of fighting for the dignity of all people. And I think Joe asked me to serve with him because I have a career that included being elected the first woman District Attorney of San Francisco, where I created models of innovation for law enforcement, in terms of reform of the criminal justice system.

I was elected the first woman of color, and black woman to be elected Attorney General of the state of California, where I ran the second largest department of justice in the United States. Second only to the United States Department of Justice. And there, I took on everything from transnational criminal organizations, to the big banks that were taking advantage of homeowners, to for-profit colleges that were taking advantage of veterans. And then of course, now I serve in the United States Senate as only the second black woman ever elected to the United States Senate. I serve on the Senate Intelligence Committee where I’ve been in regular receipt of classified information about threats to our nation in hotspots around the world. I’ve traveled the world, I’ve met with our soldiers in war zones. And I think Joe has asked me to serve with him because he knows that we share a purpose, which is about lifting up the American people. And after the four years that we have seen of Donald Trump unifying our country around our common values and principles.

I want to give Senator Harris a chance to respond to the same question I asked, which is, do voters have a right to know more detailed health information about presidential candidates and especially about presidents, especially when they’re facing some kind of challenge?

Absolutely. And that’s why Joe Biden has been so incredibly transparent. And certainly by contrast that the President has not, both in terms of health records, but also let’s look at taxes. We now know because of great investigative journalism that Donald Trump paid $750 in taxes. When I first heard about it, I literally said, “You mean $750,000?” And it was like no, $750. We now know Donald Trump owes and is in debt for $400 million. And just so everyone is clear, when we say in debt, it means you owe money to somebody. And it’d be really good to know who the President of the United States, the commander-in-chief owes money to because the American people have a right to know what is influencing the President’s decisions. And is he making those decisions on the best interest of the American people, of you or self-interest?

So, Susan, I’m glad you asked about transparency because it has to be across the board. Joe has been incredibly transparent over many, many years. The one thing we all know about Joe, he puts it all out there. He is honest, he is forthright, but Donald Trump on the other hand has been about covering up everything.

Thank you.

That’s a great segue. [Interrupting]

Senator Harris, the Biden, Harris campaign has proposed new programs to boost the economy. And you would pay for that new spending by raising four trillion dollars in taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations. Some economists warn that could curb entrepreneurial ventures that fuel growth and create jobs. Would raising taxes put the recovery at risk? And you have two minutes to answer uninterrupted.

Thank you. On the issue of the economy, I think there couldn’t be a more fundamental difference between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Joe Biden believes you measure the health and the strength of America’s economy based on the health and the strength of the American worker and the American family. On the other hand, you have Donald Trump who measures the strength of the economy based on how rich people are doing, which is why he passed a tax bill benefiting the top one percent and the biggest corporations of America, leading to a two trillion dollar deficit that the American people are going to have to pay for. On day one, Joe Biden will repeal that tax bill, he’ll get rid of it. And what he’ll do with the money is invest it in the American people.

And through a plan that is about investing in infrastructure, something that Donald Trump said he would do, I remember hearing about some infrastructure week, I don’t think it ever happened, but Joe Biden will do that. He’ll invest in infrastructure. It’s about upgrading our roads and bridges, but also investing in clean energy and renewable energy. Joe was going to invest that money in what we need to do around innovation. There was a time when our country believed in science and invested in research and development, so that we were an innovation leader on the globe. Joe Biden will use that money to invest in education. So for example, for folks who want to go to a two-year community college, it will be free. If you come from a family that makes less than $125,000, you’ll go to a public university for free. And across the board, we’ll make sure that if you have student loan debt, it’s cut by $10,000.

That’s how Joe Biden thinks about the economy which is, it’s about investing in the people of our country. As opposed to passing a tax bill, which had the benefit of letting American corporations go off-shore to do their business.

You’re welcome.

That’s not what I said. [Interrupting]

Well, I mean, I thought we saw enough of it in last week’s debate, but I think this is supposed to be a debate based on fact and truth and the truth and the fact is, Joe Biden has been very clear, he will not raise taxes on anybody who makes less than $400,000 a year.

Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking. I’m speaking.

That is-

That is absolutely not true,

If you don’t mind letting me finish, we can then have a conversation, okay?

Okay. Joe Biden will not raise taxes on anyone who makes less than $400,000 a year. He has been very clear about that. Joe Biden will not end fracking, he has been very clear about that. Joe Biden is the one who, during the great recession was responsible for the Recovery Act that brought America back. And now that Trump-

Pence administration wants to take credit when they rode the coattails of Joe Biden’s success for the economy that they had at the beginning of their term. Of course, now the economy is a complete disaster, but Joe Biden on the one hand did that. On the other hand, you have Donald Trump who has reigned over a recession that is being compared to the Great Depression.

On the one hand, you have Joe Biden who was responsible with President Barack Obama for the Affordable Care Act, which brought healthcare to over 20 million Americans and protected people with preexisting conditions. And what it also did is it saved those families who otherwise were going bankrupt because of hospital bills they could not afford. On the other hand, you have Donald Trump, who is in court right now, trying to get rid of- [speaking over time]

trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, which means that you will lose protections if you have preexisting conditions. And I just, this is very important, Susan. [speaking over time]

He interrupted me, and I’d like to just finish, please. If you have a preexisting condition, heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, they’re coming for you. If you love someone who has a pre-existing condition, they’re coming for you. If you are under the age of 26 on your parents’ coverage, they’re coming for you. [speaking over time]

You’re welcome.

What exactly would be the stance of a Biden-Harris administration toward the Green New Deal? You have two minutes uninterrupted.

So, first of all, I will repeat and the American people know that Joe Biden will not ban fracking. That is a fact. That is a fact. I will repeat that Joe Biden has been very clear that he thinks about growing jobs, which is why he will not increase taxes for anyone who makes less than $400,000 a year. Joe Biden’s economic plan… Moody’s, which is a reputable Wall Street firm, has said will create seven million more jobs than Donald Trump’s.

And part of those jobs that will be created by Joe Biden are going to be about clean energy and renewable energy. Because, you see, Joe understands that the West Coast of our country is burning, including my home state of California. Joe sees what is happening on the Gulf states, which are being battered by storms. Joe has seen and talked with the farmers in Iowa whose entire crops have been destroyed because of floods.

And so Joe believes, again, in science. I’ll tell you something, Susan, I served when I first got to the Senate on the committee that’s responsible for the environment. Do you know, this administration took the word science off the website, and then took the phrase climate change off the website? We have seen a pattern with this administration, which is they don’t believe in science. And Joe’s plan is about saying we’re going to deal with it, but we’re also going to create jobs. Donald Trump, when asked about the wildfires in California, and the question was, the science is telling us this… You know what Donald Trump said? Science doesn’t know.

So let’s talk about who is prepared to lead our country over the course of the next four years on what is an existential threat to us as human beings. Joe is about saying we’re going to invest that in renewable energy, which is going to be about the creation of millions of jobs. We will achieve net zero emissions by 2050, carbon neutral by 2035. Joe has a plan. This has been a lot of talk from the Trump administration, and really it has been to go backward instead of forward. We will also reenter the Climate Agreement with pride.

Well, on the issue of jobs.

Let’s talk about that. The vice-president earlier referred to it as part of what he thinks is an accomplishment. The president’s trade war with China. You lost that trade war. You lost it. 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 and the American people know what I’m talking about.

I think about 20 year olds, we have a 20 something year old who are coming out of high school and college right now. And you’re wondering, is there going to be a job there for me? We’re looking at people who are trying to figure out how they’re going to pay rent by the end of the month, almost half of American renters are worried about whether they’re going to be able to pay rent by the end of the month. This is where the economy is in America right now. And it is because of the catastrophe and the failure of leadership of this administration.

Listen- [Interrupting]

I just need to respond very quickly. [Interrupting]

Thank you-

Thank you. Joe Biden is responsible for saving America’s auto industry and you voted against it. So let’s set the record straight. Thank you.

How would you describe our fundamental relationship with China? Are we competitors? Adversaries? Enemies? You’ll have two minutes uninterrupted.

Susan, the Trump administration’s perspective and approach to China has resulted in the loss of American lives, American jobs, and America’s standing. There is a weird obsession that President Trump has had with getting rid of whatever accomplishment was achieved by President Obama and Vice President Biden. For example, they created within the White House and office that basically was responsible for monitoring pandemics. They got rid of it.

There was a team of disease experts that President Obama and Vice President Biden dispatched to China to monitor what is now predictable and what might happen. They pulled them out. We now are looking at 210,000 Americans who have lost their lives. Let’s look at the job situation. We mentioned before, the trade deal, the trade war, they wanted to call it with China. It resulted in the loss of over 300 manufacturing jobs and a manufacturing recession and the American consumer paid thousands of dollars, more for goods because of that failed war that they called it. Then let’s talk about standing. Pew, a reputable research firm has done an analysis that shows that leaders of all of our formerly allied countries have now decided that they hold in greater esteem and respect Xi Jinping the head of the Chinese communist party than they do Donald Trump. The President of the United States, the commander in chief of the United States. This is where we are today because of a failure of leadership by this administration.

What is your definition of the role of American leadership in 2020?

So I love talking with Joe about a lot of these issues and Joe, I think he said it quite well. He says, “Foreign policy, it might sound complicated, but really it’s relationships.” Just think about it as relationships. So we know this in our personal and professional relationships, you got to keep your word to your friends. Got to be loyal to your friends. People who’ve stood with, you got to stand with them. You got to know who your adversaries are and keep them in check. But what we have seen with Donald Trump is that he has betrayed our friends and embraced dictators around the world.

Let’s take for example, Russia. So I serve on the intelligence committee of the United States Senate. America’s Intelligence Community told us Russia interfered in the election of the president of the United States in 2016 and his plan in 2020. Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI said the same, but Donald Trump, the commander in chief of the United States of America prefers to take the word of Vladimir Putin over the word of the American Intelligence Community. You look at our friends at NATO, he has walked away from agreements.

You can look at the Iran nuclear deal, which now has put us in a position where we are less safe because they are building up what might end up being a significant nuclear arsenal. We were in that deal guys. We were in the Iran nuclear deal with friends, with allies around the country. And because of Donald Trump’s unilateral approach to foreign policy, coupled with his isolationism, he pulled us out and has made America less safe. So Susan it’s about relationships. And the thing that has always been part of the strength of our nation in addition to our great military has been that we keep our word, but Donald Trump doesn’t understand that because he doesn’t understand what it means to be honest.

He doesn’t understand what it means to be honest. [speaking over time]

But I would like equal time. [Interrupting]

Thank you.

First of all, to the Mueller family, I know about your daughter’s case, and I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. What happened to her is awful and it should have never happened, and I know Joe feels the same way, and I know that president Obama feels the same way, but you mentioned Soleimani. Let’s start there. So, after the strike on Soleimani, there was a counter strike on our troops in Iraq, and they suffered serious brain injuries, and do you know what Donald Trump dismissed them as? Headaches. And this is about a pattern of Donald Trump’s where he has referred to our men who are serving in our military as suckers and losers. Donald Trump, who went to Arlington cemetery and stood above the graves of our fallen heroes and said, “What’s in it for them?” Because of course, he only thinks about what’s in it for him. Let’s take what he said about John McCain, a great American hero, and Donald Trump says, “He doesn’t deserve to be called a hero because it was a prisoner of war.”

Take, and this is very important when you want to talk about who is the current commander in chief and what they care about and what they don’t care about. Public reporting that Russia had bounties on the heads of American soldiers. And you know what a bounty is? It’s somebody puts a price on your head and they will pay it if you are killed, and Donald Trump had talked at least six times to Vladimir Putin and never brought up the subject. Joe Biden would never do that.

But Joe Biden would hold Russia to account for any threat to our nation security or to our troops who are sacrificing their lives for the sake of our democracy and our safety.

Yes.

Thank you, Susan. First of all, Joe Biden and I are both people of faith, and it’s insulting to suggest that we would knock anyone for their faith, and in fact, Joe, if elected, will be only the second practicing Catholic as President of the United States. On the issue of this nomination, Joe and I are very clear, as are the majority of the American people, we are 27 days before the decision about who will be the next President of the United States, and before, when this conversation has come up, it’s been about election year or election time. We’re literally in an election. Over 4 million people have voted. People are in the process of voting right now. And so, Joe has been very clear, as the American people are, let the American people fill that seat in the White House. And then we’ll fill that seat on the United States Supreme court, and to your point, Susan, the issues before us, couldn’t be more serious. There’s the issue of choice and I will always fight for a woman’s right to make a decision about her own body.

It should be her decision and not that Donald Trump, and the Vice President, Michael Pence, but let’s also look at what else is before the court. It’s the Affordable Care Act like literally in the midst of a public health pandemic when over 210,000 people have died and 7 million people probably have what will be in the future considered a preexisting condition because you contracted the virus. Donald Trump is in court right now trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, and I said it before, and it bears repeating. This means that there will be no more protections if they win for people with pre-existing conditions. This means that over 20 million people will lose your coverage. It means that if you’re under the age of 26, you can’t stay on your parents’ coverage anymore, and here’s the thing. The contrast couldn’t be more clear. They’re trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.

[Speaking over time] Joe Biden is saying let’s expand coverage. Let’s give you a choice of a public option or private coverage. Let’s bring down premiums-

[Speaking over time] … Let’s lower Medicare eligibility to 60.

That’s true leadership.

I’m so glad we went through a little history lesson. Let’s do that a little more. In 1864-

Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking, I’m speaking. Okay. In 1864, one of the, I think political heroes, certainly the President, I assume you also, Mr. Vice President, is Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was up for reelection and it was 27 days before the election. And a seat became open on the United States Supreme Court. Abraham Lincoln’s party was in charge, not only of the White House, but the Senate. But Honest Aid said, “It’s not the right thing to do. The American people deserve to make the decision about who will be the next president of the United States. And then that person can select who will serve for a lifetime on the highest court of our land.” And so Joe and I are very clear: the American people are voting right now and it should be their decision about who will serve on this most important body for a lifetime.

[Interrupting] I’m trying to answer you now.

[Interrupting] Yeah. Let’s talk about packing the court then. Let’s talk about the fact.

Yeah, I’m about to. So the Trump Pence administration has been, because I sit on the Senate judiciary committee, Susan as you mentioned, and I’ve witnessed the appointments for lifetime appointments to the federal courts, district courts, courts of appeal, people who are purely ideological, people who have been reviewed by legal professional organizations and found who have been not competent are substandard. And do you know that of the 50 people who President Trump appointed to the court of appeals for lifetime appointments, not one is black? This is what they’ve been doing. You want to talk about packing a court? Let’s have that discussion.

Senator Harris, in the case of Breonna Taylor was justice done? You have two minutes.

I don’t believe so. And I’ve talked with Breonna’s mother, Tamika Palmer and her family and her family deserves justice. She was a beautiful young woman. She had as her life goal to become a nurse and she wanted to become an EMT to first learn what’s going on out on the street so she could then become a nurse and save lives. And her life was taken justifiably and tragically and violently. And it brings me to the eight minutes and 46 seconds that America witnessed during which an American man was tortured and killed under the knee of an armed uniformed police officer. And people around our country of every race, of every age, of every gender, perfect strangers to each other, marched shoulder to shoulder, arm in arm, fighting for us to finally achieve that ideal of equal justice under law. And I was a part of those peaceful protests.

And I believe strongly that first of all, we are never going to condone violence, but we always must fight for the values that we hold dear, including the fight to achieve our ideals. And that’s why Joe Biden and I have said on this subject, look, and I’m a former career prosecutor. I know what I’m talking about. Bad cops are bad for good cops. We need reform of our policing in America and our criminal justice system, which is why Joe and I will immediately ban choke holes and carotid holes. George Floyd would be alive today if we did that. We will require a national registry for police officers who break the law. We will, on the issue of criminal justice reform, get rid of private prisons and cash bail and we will decriminalize marijuana.

[Speaking over time] And we will expunge the records of those who have been convicted of marijuana. This is a time for leadership-

[Speaking over time] on a tragic, tragic issue-

[Speaking over time] Of honor on Black people in America who

[Interrupting] I’d like to respond.

I will not sit here and be lectured by the Vice President on what it means to enforce the laws of our country. The only one on this stage, who has personally prosecuted everything from child sexual assault to homicide. I’m the only one on this stage who has prosecuted the big banks for taking advantage of America’s homeowners. I am the only one on this stage who prosecuted for-profit colleges for taking advantage of our veterans.

And the reality of this is that 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.

And it wasn’t like he didn’t have a chance. He didn’t do it. And then he doubled down. And then he said, “when pressed, stand back, stand by.” And this is a part of a pattern of Donald Trump’s. He called Mexicans rapists and criminals. He instituted as his first act, a Muslim ban. He on the issue of Charlottesville, where people were peacefully protesting the need for racial justice, where a young woman was killed. And on the other side, there were neo-Nazis carrying Tiki torches, shouting racial epithets, anti-Semitic slurs. And Donald Trump when asked about it said, “There were fine people on both sides.” This is who we have as the President of the United States and America, you deserve better. Joe Biden will be a president who brings our country together-

[Speaking over time] And recognizes the beauty in our diversity and the fact that we all have so much more in common than what separates us.

[Interrupting] But he attacked my record. I would like an opportunity to respond to.

I appreciate that. First of all, having served as the Attorney General of the state of California, the work that I did is a model of what our nation needs to do, and we will be able to do under a Joe Biden presidency. Our agenda includes what this administration has failed to do. It will be about not only instituting a ban on choke holes and carotid holes-

[Speaking over time] I would like to go through-

But I want to talk about the connection between what Joe and I will do in my record, which includes I was the first statewide officer to institute a requirement that my agents would wear body cameras and keep them on full-time. We were the first to initiate a requirement that there would be a training for law enforcement on implicit bias because yes, Joe Biden and I recognize that implicit bias does exist, Mr. Vice President, contrary to what you may believe. We did the work of instituting reforms that were about investing in re-entry. This is the work that we have done and the work we will do going forward. And again, I will not be lectured by the Vice President on our record of what we have done in terms of law enforcement and keeping our community safe and a commitment to reforming the criminal justice system of America.

[Speaking over time] And a commitment to reforming the criminal justice system of America.

If your ticket wins and president Trump refuses to accept a peaceful transfer of power, what steps would you and vice president Biden then take? What would happen next? You have two minutes.

So I’ll tell you. Joe and I are particularly proud of the coalition that we’ve built around our campaign. We probably have one of the broadest coalitions of folks that you’ve ever seen in a presidential race. Of course, we have the support of Democrats, but also independents and Republicans. In fact, seven members of president George W. Bush’s cabinet are supporting our ticket. We have the support of Colin Powell, Cindy McCain, John Kasich. Over 500 generals, retired generals and former national security experts and advisors are supporting our campaign. And I believe they are doing that because they know that Joe Biden has a deep, deep seated commitment to fight for our democracy, and to fight for the integrity of our democracy, and to bring integrity back to the White House. We believe in the American people, we believe in our democracy, and here’s what I’d like to say to everybody. Vote, please vote, vote early, come up with a plan to vote, go to Iwillvote.com. You can also go to Joebiden.com.

We have it within our power in these next 27 days to make the decision about what will be the course of our country for the next four years. And it is within our power, and if we use our vote and we use our voice, we will win. And we will not let anyone subvert our democracy with what Donald Trump has been doing as he did on the debate stage last week, when, again, in front of 70 million people, he openly attempted to suppress the vote. Joe Biden, on the other hand, on that same debate stage, because clearly Donald Trump doesn’t think he can run on a record because it’s a failed record, Joe Biden on that stage said, Hey, just please vote. So I’ll repeat what Joe said. Please vote.

Thank you, vice president. Senator Harris, what would you say to Brooklyn?

First of all, I love hearing from our young leaders. And when I hear her words, when I hear your words, Brooklyn, I know our future is bright because it is that perspective on who we are and who we should be that is a sign of leadership, and is something we should all aspire to be.

And brings me to Joe, Joe Biden. One of the reasons that Joe decided to run for president is after Charlottesville, which we talked about earlier. It so troubled him and upset him like it did all of us, that there was that kind of hate and division. What propelled Joe to run for president was to see that over the course of the last four years, what Brooklyn described has been happening.

Joe has a longstanding reputation of working across the aisle, and working in a bipartisan way. And that’s what he’s going to do as president. Joe Biden has a history of lifting people up and fighting for their dignity. You have to know Joe’s story to know that Joe has known pain. He has known suffering. And he has known love.

Brooklyn, when you think about the future, I do believe the future is bright. And it will be because of your leadership, and it will be because we fight for each person’s voice through their vote. And we get engaged in this election, because you have the ability through your work and through, eventually, your vote, to determine the future of our country and what its leadership looks like.

What Did Her Words Amount To?

In the end, Senator Kamala Harris spoke a total of 5,700 words.

  • 2,635 words, or approximately 46% of what Senator Kamala Harris said was a policy attack on either President Trump or Vice President Mike Pence.
  • 107 words, or 2% of what Senator Kamala Harris said was a personal attack on either President Trump or Vice President Mike Pence.
  • 1,283 words, or 22% of what Senator Kamala Harris said was about her record, former Vice President Joe Biden’s record, or about their personal values or beliefs.
  • 665 words, or 11% of what Senator Kamala Harris said was about their policy plans. So few words on the most important part of a presidential debate!

To Sum Up Her Policy Statements

Below is a list of what Senator Kamala Harris declared they would do. This is not an analysis of what is true or false or of what each statement actually means. It’s only a list of what she said.

  1. They will create a national strategy for contact tracing, testing, and administering the COVID vaccine, and it will be free for all.
  2. On day one, they will repeal President Trump’s tax cuts.
  3. With the extra tax money they get from the American people, they will pour funds into infrastructure, upgrading roads and bridges, investing in clean energy, renewable energy and innovation. They will also make community college free for everyone, and public college will be free for anyone from a family that makes less than 125k per year, and they will cut everyone’s student loan debts down by 10k.
  4. They will not raise taxes on anyone who makes less than 400k per year.
  5. They will not end fracking.
  6. They will create 7 million more jobs in clean and renewable energy.
  7. They will achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
  8. They will re-enter the Climate Agreement.
  9. They will hold Russia to account for any threat to our nation’s security or to our troops.
  10. They will fight to keep abortion legal.
  11. They will expand health care coverage, give people the choice of a public option or private option, bring down premiums, and lower Medicare eligibility to 60.
  12. They will reform policing and immediately ban choke holds and coratid holds. They will require a national registry for police officers who break the law.
  13. They will get rid of private prisons and cash bail
  14. They will decriminalize marijuana and expunge the records of those who have been convicted of marijuana.
  15. They will bring the country together and work in a bipartisan way.

I’d like to go through these statements one-by-one in another post, because I think that they require some analysis and explanation. For now, I will leave you with her words. After reading her color-coded words, what are your thoughts?