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Kamala, Pence spar over Covid, climate, racism

The much-awaited vice-presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence saw the duo sparring on US President Donald Trump’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, jobs, China, racial tensions and climate change, less than four week’s ahead of the election.

Harris, the Democratic Party’s vice-president nominee, described the Trump’s handling of the pandemic as the “greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history” of America as she opened the vice debate with a sharp attack on Vice-President Pence, who leads the President’s Covid task force. Wednesday night’s live debate at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City was a civil one between the two leaders, separated by plexiglass barriers, compared to last week’s showdown between President Trump and his Democratic challenger and former vice-president Joe Biden, which degenerated into insults and name-calling.

Pence did not interrupt as much as Trump last week during the first presidential debate, but when he did Harris interjected: “Mr Vice-President, I’m speaking, I’m speaking.” During the 90-minute one-off debate before the November 3 presidential election, Harris, 55, and Pence, 61, stuck to their known campaign positions on major topics.