Editorial: VP debate better than presidential disaster

Staff Editorial

Wednesday night saw Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence take to the stage in Salt Lake City for the vice-presidential debate.

They discussed the coronavirus, taxes and the Supreme Court over the course of an hour and a half.

Pence delivered messages similar to Trump’s from the Sept. 29 presidential debate, but did so in a manner that was more palatable than the president’s constant interruptions. Pence did interrupt Harris on multiple occasions, but the Democratic candidate for vice president handled each interruption with poise and slight disappointment. Harris also interrupted Pence on a few occasions, as Biden did with Trump.

Harris’ recurring phrase of, “Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking,” went viral because it showed that Harris would not stand idly by as Pence attempted to talk over her. But it arguably didn’t go as viral as Mike Pence’s winged visitor.

Yes, a fly landed on Mike Pence’s head and stayed there for almost two minutes, and yes, it was funny, but we at The Daily Eastern News think that it was not the most important part of the debate. The topics of discussion between Harris and Pence were worth noting as another reassurance of each side’s stances on some of the country’s most important issues.

If this debate was the last one of this election year because of Trump’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis, at least we were able to end on a more professional note than Sept. 29’s presidential disaster.