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Politics LIVE: Coronavirus front and center as Pence, Harris square off in only vice presidential debate

02:50  08 october  2020
02:50  08 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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How to watch, what to watch in Harris-Pence matchup

Pence and Harris will meet Wednesday for their only debate. The 90-minute event begins at 9 p.m. ET and won’t be hard to find: It’ll be broadcast on every major network. Viewers streaming on USATODAY.com will have the added benefit of real-time fact-checking and political context.

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What to watch for? To begin with, the debate comes as the nation has watched President Donald Trump fight his own case of COVID-19, and a steady stream of White House officials also test positive. That issue, and the issue of how the White House has responded, is guaranteed to be front and center.

There are other top themes as well. Both candidates will try to sell themselves as a credible replacement for whoever becomes the president in an election in which both candidates are in their mid-70s (Trump is 74 and Biden is 77). That dynamic in particular makes this vice presidential debate potentially more interesting than those that have come before it.

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Republican attorneys general attack Harris

Republican attorneys general slammed Kamala Harris ahead of Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate, accusing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate of spewing “dangerous rhetoric” and showing “absolute disregard for the rule of law.”

Attorneys general from Louisiana, Utah and Arkansas went after Harris’ record as California’s attorney general and as a U.S. senator, specifically citing her stance on immigration, energy, gun control, policing and other issues. The criticism could foreshadow Vice President Mike Pence’s line of attack against Harris during the debate at the University of Utah.

“Kamala Harris is dangerous and divisive,” Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said during a news conference in Salt Lake City. “She had no business being the attorney general of California with her disregard for the rule of law. She has no business being a U.S. senator. And Kamala Harris certainly has no business being the vice president of the United States.”

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Harris, who has served as California’s junior Democratic senator since 2017, was the state’s attorney general for six years before entering Congress. Republicans have heavily scrutinized her record as attorney general, arguing that it provides some insight to the kind of policies she would pursue if she and Biden are elected in November.

“We do not aspire the United States to be California,” said Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association. “However, if we elect a Biden-Harris ticket, that’s exactly what the American people are going to get.”

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Campaign: Harris’ goal is not to 'eviscerate' Pence

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With President Trump in hospital, the debate between the vice - presidential candidates has a You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. Democrat Kamala Harris will battle Republican Vice - President Mike Pence at the event in Salt Lake City, Utah.

U.S. Vice President Michael Pence and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris will take the stage tonight under extraordinary circumstances, elevating the often forgotten vice presidential debate to the highest stakes running-mate match up in years.

Harris’ tough debating reputation was also cemented by her attack on Joe Biden’s past opposition to busing during the Democratic presidential debates last year.

But Harris isn’t coming to the vice presidential debate stage “to eviscerate” Pence, said Symone Sanders, senior adviser to the Biden campaign.

“She is there to really talk to people at home and break through about what they're feeling, their lives and their families,” Sanders told reporters Wednesday morning.

That’s a smart strategy, according to Christine Matthews, a GOP pollster and Trump critic. Matthews tweeted that she understands Harris’ team has been studying research on how voters perceive women in these situations.

“She will be fighting stereotypes of a 'nasty’ woman while she makes contrast points,” Matthews tweeted.

Research by the Barbara Lee Foundation shows voters will back a male candidate they don’t like, if they think that he’s qualified. But they won’t vote for a woman if she’s not “likeable.”

Maureen Groppe, Salt Lake City

Poll: Voters more 'cold' than 'warm' on both Pence, Harris

Neither of the vice presidential candidates are eliciting warm, fuzzy feelings from a majority of voters, according to a new Pew Research Center survey released before the vice presidential debate.

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About half (51%) of registered voters give Pence “cold” ratings and a slightly smaller share (48%) said the same about Harris.

Slightly more than one-third (36%) feel “warmly” toward Pence; 39% do about Harris.

The ratings largely reflect partisan differences with most Republicans feeling positive about Pence but negative about Harris. The reverse is true for Democrats, according to the Sept. 30-Oct. 5 survey of 11,929 adults, including 10,543 registered voters.

Maureen Groppe, Salt Lake City

Harris’ debate guests

Two of the limited number of guests Kamala Harris can bring to the debate under COVID restrictions are Utah residents who the campaign says represent “the communities and the families that a Joe Biden and Kamala Harris administration will fight for.”

Teacher Deborah Gatrell is a Blackhawk pilot and Army National Guard veteran. She’s also the only Democrat running for the Salt Lake City council.

“As we all know, down-ballot change is where we see progress made,” Liz Allen, communications director for Harris, told reporters Wednesday.

State Rep. Angela Romero will also be cheering on Harris from inside the debate hall. The campaign called her a longtime community organizer for progressive causes, equality and social justice.

Maureen Groppe, Salt Lake City

Poll: Who will win debate vs. who is better prepared for the Oval Office

Who voters expect to win the vice presidential debate is different from which candidate they think is better prepared to become president, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll.

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Voters surveyed Oct. 2-4 gave the debating edge to Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., over Vice President Mike Pence: 43% to 37%. That’s due primarily to independents picking Harris while Democrats and Republicans backed their party’s own running mates.

But 57% of voters said they believed Pence is prepared to step into the Oval Office if necessary compared with 50% for Harris.

Pence did better overall because more Democrats found him prepared to be president than the share of Republicans who said the same of Harris.

Maureen Groppe, Salt Lake City

Westward Ho!

The vice presidential candidates are staying in the West following their debate in Salt Lake City.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to go to Nevada on Thursday and Arizona on Friday.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris are heading to Arizona on Thursday, where they’re expected to meet with American Indian tribal leaders and embark on a “Soul of the Nation” bus tour.

Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, is campaigning in Colorado on Thursday and Friday.

Biden is expected to be in Nevada on Friday.

Maureen Groppe, Salt Lake City

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: LIVE: Coronavirus front and center as Pence, Harris square off in only vice presidential debate

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