Thursday, October 8, 2020

VP Debate Night

It was touted as Debate Night in America. The two Vice Presidential candidates facing off in a cage match for 90 minutes.

OK, maybe it wasn't exactly a cage match, there were rules and they both came out alive, lol.

This debate was more like a debate than last week's first presidential debate, however, I was concerned and dismayed over what was not said by the candidates--please notice the plural!

Up front, I wonder if the Vice President has a problem with women. He did not respect his agreed time limits and talked over both the challenger and the moderator on multiple occasions.

Unanswered questions:

Will there be a peaceful transfer of power if Trump-Pence is not re-elected? (Pence)

Will the democrats stack the Supreme Court? (Harris)

Note: I found it interesting that Pence made a big point that Harris did not answer this question when he himself left so many questions unanswered

If Roe v Wade is struck down, what would the candidates like to see their home states do with respect to women's rights? (Both)

How will the President protect pre-existing conditions if the Affordable Care Act is struck down. (Pence)

Trump taxes, debts, and medical transparency (Pence)

Those are just a few of the salient unanswered questions. I noted that the Vice President tended to bring up more ancient history which is not currently important to this campaign, like the FBI and spying on the Trump campaign. That has been dealt with, get over it and talk about current issues. 

I was struck by the misleading statements and untruths that mostly the Vice President used in his arguments and responses. The New York Times has assessed the major ones in their article Fact-Checking the Vice-Presidential Debate.

Who won?

It was a draw. There were no knock-out answers and most of the time the candidates were dancing around the issues. 

There are 26 days remaining until the election. 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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