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Key moments from the Harris-Pence vice presidential debate

Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris participate in their vice presidential debate held on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.  

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Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris participate in their vice presidential debate held on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris participate in their vice presidential debate held on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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"The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country," Kamala Harris said in opening remarks at the debate. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS

"The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country," Kamala Harris said in opening remarks at the debate. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS

"The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country," Kamala Harris said in opening remarks at the debate. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS
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In response to Kamala Harris' opening remarks about the coronavirus, Pence said: "I want the American people to know that from the very first day, President Donald Trump has put the health of America first," he said. "China is to blame for the coronavirus, and President Trump is not happy about it," he added. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS

In response to Kamala Harris' opening remarks about the coronavirus, Pence said: "I want the American people to know that from the very first day, President Donald Trump has put the health of America first," he said. "China is to blame for the...more

In response to Kamala Harris' opening remarks about the coronavirus, Pence said: "I want the American people to know that from the very first day, President Donald Trump has put the health of America first," he said. "China is to blame for the coronavirus, and President Trump is not happy about it," he added. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS
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A stray housefly briefly commanded the national stage, generating buzz when it perched on Vice President Pence’s cropped white hair. The insect sat there for several minutes during the matchup.  

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A stray housefly briefly commanded the national stage, generating buzz when it perched on Vice President Pence’s cropped white hair. The insect sat there for several minutes during the matchup. REUTERS/ Mike Blake

A stray housefly briefly commanded the national stage, generating buzz when it perched on Vice President Pence’s cropped white hair. The insect sat there for several minutes during the matchup. REUTERS/ Mike Blake
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Harris faulted the Trump administration for trying to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare law in the midst of a pandemic and assailing Trump for reportedly paying $750 a year in federal income taxes as president. "When I first heard about it, I literally said, 'You mean $750,000?'" Harris said, referring to a New York Times investigation. "And it was like, ‘No - $750.'"

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Harris faulted the Trump administration for trying to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare law in the midst of a pandemic and assailing Trump for reportedly paying $750 a year in federal income taxes as president. "When I first heard...more

Harris faulted the Trump administration for trying to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare law in the midst of a pandemic and assailing Trump for reportedly paying $750 a year in federal income taxes as president. "When I first heard about it, I literally said, 'You mean $750,000?'" Harris said, referring to a New York Times investigation. "And it was like, ‘No - $750.'" Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS
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Things heated up, but only to a simmer, not a boil. "Mr. Vice President, I'm speaking," Harris said when Pence interrupted her during a discussion on taxes. Pence let her finish. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Things heated up, but only to a simmer, not a boil. "Mr. Vice President, I'm speaking," Harris said when Pence interrupted her during a discussion on taxes. Pence let her finish. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Things heated up, but only to a simmer, not a boil. "Mr. Vice President, I'm speaking," Harris said when Pence interrupted her during a discussion on taxes. Pence let her finish. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Asked about a potential vaccine, Harris said she would only trust the word of scientists, rather than that of Trump, who has promoted unproven treatments in the past. "If the doctors tell us that we should take it, I'll be the first in line to take it, absolutely," she said. "But if Donald Trump tells us to take it, I'm not taking it." REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Asked about a potential vaccine, Harris said she would only trust the word of scientists, rather than that of Trump, who has promoted unproven treatments in the past. "If the doctors tell us that we should take it, I'll be the first in line to take...more

Asked about a potential vaccine, Harris said she would only trust the word of scientists, rather than that of Trump, who has promoted unproven treatments in the past. "If the doctors tell us that we should take it, I'll be the first in line to take it, absolutely," she said. "But if Donald Trump tells us to take it, I'm not taking it." REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Replying to Kamala Harris on a vaccine Pence said, "The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine - if the vaccine emerges during the Trump administration - I think is unconscionable ... stop playing politics with people's lives." REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Replying to Kamala Harris on a vaccine Pence said, "The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine - if the vaccine emerges during the Trump administration - I think is unconscionable ... stop playing politics with people's...more

Replying to Kamala Harris on a vaccine Pence said, "The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine - if the vaccine emerges during the Trump administration - I think is unconscionable ... stop playing politics with people's lives." REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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The two candidates were separated by 12 feet (3.6 meters) and plexiglass shields, a reminder of the pandemic that has claimed 210,000 American lives and devastated the economy. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS

The two candidates were separated by 12 feet (3.6 meters) and plexiglass shields, a reminder of the pandemic that has claimed 210,000 American lives and devastated the economy. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS

The two candidates were separated by 12 feet (3.6 meters) and plexiglass shields, a reminder of the pandemic that has claimed 210,000 American lives and devastated the economy. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS
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Harris, the first Black woman to serve on a major-party presidential ticket, also attacked Pence on race relations, criticizing Trump for turning down an opportunity to denounce white supremacists at last week's debate with Biden. In response, Pence accused the media of taking Trump's words out of context and said the president had repeatedly disavowed racist groups.

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Harris, the first Black woman to serve on a major-party presidential ticket, also attacked Pence on race relations, criticizing Trump for turning down an opportunity to denounce white supremacists at last week's debate with Biden. In response, Pence...more

Harris, the first Black woman to serve on a major-party presidential ticket, also attacked Pence on race relations, criticizing Trump for turning down an opportunity to denounce white supremacists at last week's debate with Biden. In response, Pence accused the media of taking Trump's words out of context and said the president had repeatedly disavowed racist groups. REUTERS/ Mike Blake
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Harris warned that the Trump administration's challenge to the ACA would enable insurance companies to deny coverage to patients with pre-existing conditions: "If you love someone who has a pre-existing condition, they're coming for you." REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Harris warned that the Trump administration's challenge to the ACA would enable insurance companies to deny coverage to patients with pre-existing conditions: "If you love someone who has a pre-existing condition, they're coming for you."...more

Harris warned that the Trump administration's challenge to the ACA would enable insurance companies to deny coverage to patients with pre-existing conditions: "If you love someone who has a pre-existing condition, they're coming for you." REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Mike Pence called the ACA, popularly known as Obamacare, a "disaster" and sought to counter Kamala Harris' attacks by turning the focus to the economy and tax policy, saying: "On Day One, Joe Biden's going to raise your taxes." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Mike Pence called the ACA, popularly known as Obamacare, a "disaster" and sought to counter Kamala Harris' attacks by turning the focus to the economy and tax policy, saying: "On Day One, Joe Biden's going to raise your taxes." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Mike Pence called the ACA, popularly known as Obamacare, a "disaster" and sought to counter Kamala Harris' attacks by turning the focus to the economy and tax policy, saying: "On Day One, Joe Biden's going to raise your taxes." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Mike Pence was questioned about the administration's White House event last month announcing Trump's latest Supreme Court nomination, where masks and social distancing were mostly absent. A number of prominent attendees, including the president himself, have since tested positive for COVID-19.

The vice president noted that the event was outdoors before criticizing Harris and Biden, who have said they would mandate masks on federal property and encourage the practice nationwide, for not respecting people's freedom to make their own choices on health.

"You respect the American people when you tell them the truth," Harris retorted, noting that Trump played down the virus for months. 

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Mike Pence was questioned about the administration's White House event last month announcing Trump's latest Supreme Court nomination, where masks and social distancing were mostly absent. A number of prominent attendees, including the president...more

Mike Pence was questioned about the administration's White House event last month announcing Trump's latest Supreme Court nomination, where masks and social distancing were mostly absent. A number of prominent attendees, including the president himself, have since tested positive for COVID-19. The vice president noted that the event was outdoors before criticizing Harris and Biden, who have said they would mandate masks on federal property and encourage the practice nationwide, for not respecting people's freedom to make their own choices on health. "You respect the American people when you tell them the truth," Harris retorted, noting that Trump played down the virus for months. Justin Sullivan/Pool via REUTERS
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Debate moderator Susan Page of USA Today speaks during the vice presidential debate. Justin Sullivan/Pool via REUTERS

Debate moderator Susan Page of USA Today speaks during the vice presidential debate. Justin Sullivan/Pool via REUTERS

Debate moderator Susan Page of USA Today speaks during the vice presidential debate. Justin Sullivan/Pool via REUTERS
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On global warming, for example, Pence declined to say that it is caused by human activity - the overwhelming scientific consensus - and said Biden's proposed fixes would be too expensive. "Now with regard to climate change, the climate is changing. But the issue is, what's the cause? And what do we do about it? President Trump has made it clear that we're going to continue to listen to the science," Pence said. 

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On global warming, for example, Pence declined to say that it is caused by human activity - the overwhelming scientific consensus - and said Biden's proposed fixes would be too expensive. "Now with regard to climate change, the climate is changing....more

On global warming, for example, Pence declined to say that it is caused by human activity - the overwhelming scientific consensus - and said Biden's proposed fixes would be too expensive. "Now with regard to climate change, the climate is changing. But the issue is, what's the cause? And what do we do about it? President Trump has made it clear that we're going to continue to listen to the science," Pence said. Justin Sullivan/Pool via REUTERS
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"We have seen a pattern with this administration, which is they don't believe in science," Harris said in response to Mike Pence on climate change.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

"We have seen a pattern with this administration, which is they don't believe in science," Harris said in response to Mike Pence on climate change. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

"We have seen a pattern with this administration, which is they don't believe in science," Harris said in response to Mike Pence on climate change. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Pence also inaccurately said that Biden would ban hydraulic fracturing. Biden, in fact, has said repeatedly he would not pursue a fracking ban, although he would oppose new permits for drilling on federal land. It is a key issue in electoral backgrounds like western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, where the technique has led to a boom in energy production over the past decade.
 
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Pence also inaccurately said that Biden would ban hydraulic fracturing. Biden, in fact, has said repeatedly he would not pursue a fracking ban, although he would oppose new permits for drilling on federal land. It is a key issue in electoral...more

Pence also inaccurately said that Biden would ban hydraulic fracturing. Biden, in fact, has said repeatedly he would not pursue a fracking ban, although he would oppose new permits for drilling on federal land. It is a key issue in electoral backgrounds like western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, where the technique has led to a boom in energy production over the past decade. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Both candidates also danced around what would happen in the event of a disputed election -- a scenario prompted by Trump's repeated statements that he might not accept the outcome if he does not win.

Harris urged supporters to vote, rather than playing up the possibility of legal wrangling or violence at polling places. "If we use our voice and use our vote we will win," she said.

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Both candidates also danced around what would happen in the event of a disputed election -- a scenario prompted by Trump's repeated statements that he might not accept the outcome if he does not win. Harris urged supporters to vote, rather than...more

Both candidates also danced around what would happen in the event of a disputed election -- a scenario prompted by Trump's repeated statements that he might not accept the outcome if he does not win. Harris urged supporters to vote, rather than playing up the possibility of legal wrangling or violence at polling places. "If we use our voice and use our vote we will win," she said. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Pence did not promise that Trump would leave office if he lost. Instead, he accused Democrats of denying the legitimacy of Trump's 2016 victory through investigations and impeachment.

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Pence did not promise that Trump would leave office if he lost. Instead, he accused Democrats of denying the legitimacy of Trump's 2016 victory through investigations and impeachment. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Pence did not promise that Trump would leave office if he lost. Instead, he accused Democrats of denying the legitimacy of Trump's 2016 victory through investigations and impeachment. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Frustrated that Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate may soon cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, some on the left have called on Biden to expand the nine-member court to 11 or 13 seats. Harris declined to say whether she supported that idea. Her silence was telling, Pence said. "The straight answer is they are going to pack the Supreme Court if they somehow win this election," he said.

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Frustrated that Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate may soon cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, some on the left have called on Biden to expand the nine-member court to 11 or 13 seats. Harris declined to say whether she...more

Frustrated that Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate may soon cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, some on the left have called on Biden to expand the nine-member court to 11 or 13 seats. Harris declined to say whether she supported that idea. Her silence was telling, Pence said. "The straight answer is they are going to pack the Supreme Court if they somehow win this election," he said. Justin Sullivan/Pool via REUTERS
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Pence closed with a paean to civil discourse. "In America we can disagree. We can debate vigorously as Senator Harris and I have on this stage tonight. But when the debate is over, we come together as Americans," he said.

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Pence closed with a paean to civil discourse. "In America we can disagree. We can debate vigorously as Senator Harris and I have on this stage tonight. But when the debate is over, we come together as Americans," he said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Pence closed with a paean to civil discourse. "In America we can disagree. We can debate vigorously as Senator Harris and I have on this stage tonight. But when the debate is over, we come together as Americans," he said. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Mike Pence gets a kiss from his wife Karen Pence after the conclusion of the vice presidential campaign debate. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Mike Pence gets a kiss from his wife Karen Pence after the conclusion of the vice presidential campaign debate. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Mike Pence gets a kiss from his wife Karen Pence after the conclusion of the vice presidential campaign debate. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Mike Pence, his wife Karen Pence, Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff are seen on the stage at the end of the vice presidential debate. Justin Sullivan/Pool via REUTERS

Mike Pence, his wife Karen Pence, Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff are seen on the stage at the end of the vice presidential debate. Justin Sullivan/Pool via REUTERS

Mike Pence, his wife Karen Pence, Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff are seen on the stage at the end of the vice presidential debate. Justin Sullivan/Pool via REUTERS
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Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff  wave at the conclusion of the vice presidential campaign debate. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff  wave at the conclusion of the vice presidential campaign debate. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff  wave at the conclusion of the vice presidential campaign debate. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Kamala Harris, her husband Doug Emhoff, Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence are seen on the stage after the conclusion of the vice presidential campaign debate. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Kamala Harris, her husband Doug Emhoff, Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence are seen on the stage after the conclusion of the vice presidential campaign debate. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Kamala Harris, her husband Doug Emhoff, Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence are seen on the stage after the conclusion of the vice presidential campaign debate. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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