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Senator Harris and Vice President Pence will face off in Salt Lake City for their first and only debate on Wednesday, October 7. The debate was already expected to be one of the most important Vice Presidential debates in history, but now takes on an even greater importance after the hospitalization of Donald Trump due to complications from COVID-19.
Vice Presidential debates are typically a "check the box" affair during a normal election cycle, but it's entirely possible that either of the two people on that stage could become our next President if something were to happen to their boss. Both Joe Biden and Donald Trump are well into their 70's and, if Trump's recent hospitalization hasn't already made it abundantly clear, anything can happen when someone of that age falls ill. That alone makes this Vice Presidential debate one of the most consequential in history because we very well may be watching a future President on that stage.
I certainly expect their to be far fewer fireworks than we witnessed during the first debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, but I wouldn't be surprised if it still gets somewhat heated.
One thing Kamala Harris has going for her is that she has a lot of recent practice with debates after participating in a number of them in the Democratic primary. I wouldn't count Pence down and out though. He is a savvy politician who, unlike his boss, knows how to stick to his talking points.
Who's planning on watching the debate between Harris and Pence? If you are, what do you hope to see the candidates discuss?