Some American historians have argued that every military conflict that the United States has entered into since the Spanish American War has been the result of artificially ginned up sentiment by insiders working behind the scenes. On April 25, 1898, the United States declared war on Spain following the sinking of the Battleship Maine in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. That fairly short war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898. “A massive explosion of unknown origin sinks the battleship USS Maine in Cuba’s Havana harbor on February 15, 1898, killing 260 of the fewer than 400 American crew members aboard,” says History. “No one has ever established exactly what caused the explosion or who was responsible, but the consequence was the brief Spanish-American War of 1898. American sentiment was strongly behind Cuban independence and many Americans blamed the Spanish for the outrage,” says History Today.
Fast forward to the second Gulf War, a common argument made is that the Republican Bush Administration rigged intelligence reports to create a coalition of nations to enter into a war against Iraq following the attack on the Twin Towers in New York City on 9.11.2001. Indeed, significant parts of the documentary drama Shadows of Liberty is based on the testimony from people in the media who explained how that unfolded.
The Democratic Lyndon Banes Johnson Administration deceived Americans into expanding the War in Vietnam. “The Gulf of Tonkin incident also known as the USS Maddox incident, was an international … sea battle, but instead, evidence was found of “Tonkin ghosts” (false radar images) and not actual North Vietnamese torpedo boats.”
Both major parties, Democrats and Republicans alike, largely supported the entry into the war. Among the outliers at the time was real estate and media mogul, Donald J. Trump. He opposed the war early on, and has slammed the Bush family by name numerous times for what he has called one of the biggest blunders in our nation’s history. A Republican – Trump – attacking perhaps the most powerful Republican family at the time, the Bush family.
The term ‘fake news’ wasn’t popularized until the Trump candidacy. But the notion of so-called “yellow journalism” – agenda driven newspapers and media – dates back well over a century. Indeed, it was printing presses that ginned up the support among the 13 colonies for the American Revolution against England.
- There are no perfect candidates.
- There are no perfect political platforms.
- There are no perfect companies, or investments, countries, organizations, media outlets, nations, or people walking around planet Earth. What those bullets mean is that people have to pick the best option available.
- That selection discernment process should be based on a variety of factors, including track records vs. past claims. For the vast majority of Americans who are believers, the teachings of faith should matter too.
When some lament the flaws of this or that candidate, those reality checks must come into play. For those who loved President Ronald Reagan (GOP) – revered among conservatives – there were times he misled the nation, and that is according to fans – for example, author Bill O’Reilly – and supporters who knew the Democrat turned Republican well. But that doesn’t change the fact that with his flaws, President Reagan rallied America into winning the Cold War with the former Soviet Union, improving the U.S. economy, or other achievements.
When others cheer President Barack Obama (D) – there are clear examples from people inside the Obama Administration that make it clear that there was lies and deceptions, despite his pledge to have the most transparent presidency ever. Tell that to the reporters that were purportedly targeted by the Obama Administration, professionals like Sharyl Attkisson or James Rosen, among others. It has become an inside joke how people in the Obama White House could feed stories to young reporters and frame a story the way they wanted to do it. Is that anti-Obama spin? Hardly. It comes from a range of sources that include pro-Obama media outlets, like the left-of-center media such as the Washington Post or Politico.
The video above captures the admission of Jonathan Gruber who explains the various deceptions involved in getting the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) passed. Avik Roy explains the three different clips woven into this video: “In three separate appearances, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, dubbed the “Obamacare Architect,” took a dim view of Americans’ intelligence. In the first, he discusses “the stupidity of the American voter.” In the second, that “Americans were too stupid to understand” one of the ACA’s tax increases. In the third, he describes the law’s “exploitation of the lack of understanding of the American voter.””
But the reality is that a little common sense would have told Americans that the ACA a.k.a. ObamaCare would never work as promised. MHProNews posted this quote to make that point years ago.
That brief walk through history and media that can be dubbed misleading, spin, or ‘fake’ is enough to make part of the headline point. It is a theme that MHProNews has strived to inform our readers about over a period of numerous years. Misinformed, agenda driven, or weaponized news impacts our industry. But it impacts other professions too. It must also be stressed that as in any other profession, not every story is fake, not every reporter knowingly peddles spin.
There are certain things that should be automatic red flags, regardless of who says it. When a candidate says that they will make ‘college free’ or that Americans who want it will get the looming COVID19 vaccine ‘free’ – both are deceptive or misleading at best. In the junior high school this writer attended, we learned a simple lesson. TANSTAAFL. “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.” Someone always pays.
“Free college” or “free” vaccines are paid for by taxpayers. There are distortions or deceptions by both major party tickets.
That said, that doesn’t mean that the two tickets are the same. They are not.
As MHProNews has taken pains to document, the Democratic Party of yesteryear is no more, just as the Republican party of even 5 or 10 years ago is also gone a different direction. Republicans have pivoted into the party of Trumpism, which is summed up as an America First agenda. Former GOP planks on items like “free trade” have been shoved aside in favor of a more protectionist position that embraced the use of tariffs to protect American businesses. The Democratic Party was known as a worker or labor party for years. But as Warren Buffett has himself illustrated, the Democratic Party has become a party of the wealthy.
There may well be sincere Democrats, but many realize that they are working for billionaires, Hollywood, international corporations that may be based in the U.S., and Big Tech. Is that a new GOP talking point? Interestingly, it is indicated by a Democratic former governor from California, Jerry Brown.
MHProNews has used the left-right headlines feature for years. Why? For the reason that Chrysalis Wright, Ph.D. explained. It is useful to discern the truth and to be objective about what is, rather than what someone wants you or me to believe.
Shadows of Liberty aptly illustrated that there are times that both left and right wing media have been duped into reporting a weaponized position. Right-of-center Fox News recently deflected former House Speaker Newt Gingrich from speaking about George Soros. Why? They’ve beat the drum against Soros for years.
MHProNews has made mistakes, which we’ve strived to correct once discovered. People err, but most are forgiving when an innocent error is made and admitted.
Our industry is being undermined from within. But America itself is arguably being undermined from within. The balance of the headline – fake debates, fake science, and fake history – could be summed up like this before pivoting toward tonight’s focus and other features of our business nightly report.
The first two debates featured two pro-Democratic moderators. Fox News’ Chris Wallace is talented and he can be objective, but he was down for the Biden campaign in the first debate. Arguably, so too was left-of-center USA Today’s Susan Page. Certain questions and comments were made that were framed from a Democratic perspective, as if it accepted the Democratic viewpoint as true.
It may be uncomfortable for millions, but as but one example, ‘climate change’ as peddled by politicians is a problematic claim that despite the claims that all scientists agree is simply not true.
Then why do so many scientists peddle climate change? Insiders explain that to get funded for certain research or to get certain jobs, they must state their belief in “climate change.” But history reveals that the climate has always been changing. The illustrations of Florida below makes that point at a glance.
It will vex some to say it but if the Biden-Harris ticket didn’t have billionaire backers and much of Hollywood, Chinese Communist, Big Tech, and large portions of the mainstream media on their side, they would lose in a landslide based upon their platform and track records. It was Representative Tulsi Gabbard – a Democrat from Hawaii – who took down Senator Kamala Harris so effectively, that the Harris campaign for the Democratic nomination collapsed.
It was Kamala Harris who pointed out the segregationist and racist history of Joe Biden. These were items MHProNews reported at the time, because we carefully followed the Democratic nomination contest and reported those accordingly.
It is Democrat Majority Whip James Clyburn (SC-D) that made an absolutely apt point about history. MHProNews believes in presenting history – and other facts – as accurately as length and time permit.
The best Democrat arguably didn’t win their party’s nomination. The Trump-Pence ticket had very little effective opposition on the GOP side. Between the two major parties, our industry and the nation are both better served by President Trump and his VP Mike Pence. That is not to imply that either is perfect. They are not. But they have demonstrated that they meant what they said in 2016 and have kept or started many of those campaign promises. That alone is something of a surprise to those who expect politicians to break many of their campaign promises once they get into office.
The featured focus tonight is the debate video and transcript from the debate last night. They are revealing. It reflects that while VP Pence deflected certain topics, the deflections of Senator Harris were arguably to try to keep people from seeing just how far left the Democratic ticket has tilted.
If the voters knew how leftist the Democratic ticket’s platform is and how much of a risk it poses to the rights of most everyday Americans, perhaps 55 to 60 percent of Americans would vote against them. They can’t win by telling the truth. Like the effort to pass ObamaCare, they can only win by deception. Sad, but there it is.
If media were truly unbiased, reports like the one below would upend the understanding millions have about who is to blame for COVID19.
With that tee up, let’s pivot to tonight’s quotable quotes, left-right headlines, and two of our three market snapshot graphics at the closing bell today. The final market graphic that summarizes over a dozen manufactured housing industry connected stocks at the closing bell follow the featured focus, recent and related report links.
Quotes That Shed Light – American Social, Industry, National Issues..
Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business
- Meet the new IBM
- NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 16: SVP and Director at IBM Research Arvind Krishna speaks on stage during the 2016 Wired Business Conference on June 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Wired)
- It will spin off a quarter of the company as CEO Arvind Krishnaso aims to focus on the cloud
- A shocking number of women dropped out of the US workforce last month
- A woman will oversee global trade for the first time
- Another 840,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week
- Oil and gas jobs are disappearing. Most aren’t coming back anytime soon
- Biden says he won’t ban fracking. Why Trump wants you to think he will
- Square just bought $50 million in bitcoin
- Facebook bans company it says ran fake accounts for Turning Point USA
- Manhattan landlords offer an average of two months free rent
- The first virtual Presidential debate happened 60 years ago
- Analysis: The reality TV President won’t miss the next debate, no matter what he says now
- More than 50 million people watched the vice presidential debate
- This company says it can make top-shelf whiskey in just a few days
- Here’s what’s different about getting a mortgage now
- The Biden campaign started selling fly swatters after the debate. They’re already sold out
- Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson looks on during a press conference at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. They will be part of the first crew to fly on the Starliner spacecraft some time next year.
- Boeing spacecraft commander abruptly pulls out of test flight mission
- In a studio at ABC television, American politician (and future US President) Senator John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963) (center) holds his hand to his ear as he listens to his opponent, Vice President Richard M. Nixon (1913 – 1994), seen on the screen at right) who was in a studio in Los Angles, during a televised Presidential debate, New York, New York, October 13, 1960. This was the third debate between the pair and Kennedy went on to win the election.
- Virtual debates aren’t new. 60 years ago, Kennedy and Nixon debated 3,000 miles apart
- THE WEALTH GAP
- FILE: Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., listens during an Economic Club of Washington discussion in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, the worlds richest person, and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing after 25 years. Bezos, 54, is worth $137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the worlds 500 wealthiest people. The couple met when they both worked at hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and they married in 1993. He founded Amazon a year later.
- Billionaires are getting even richer despite the ongoing pandemic
- 150 million more could be pushed to ‘extreme poverty’
- Opinion: It’s time to raise taxes on the rich
- Without more stimulus, inequality could get worse
- The outlook for top global economies is improving, OECD says
- DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
- NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 13: A signage of Microsoft is seen on March 13, 2020 in New York City. Co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft board to spend more time on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Microsoft and Wells Fargo questioned on plans to increase Black leadership
- Banks want to pull the levers of finance for good
- HBCUs missing out on this investment opportunity
- JPMorgan Chase commits $30B to advance racial equity
- Wells Fargo CEO apologizes for saying the Black talent pool is limited
Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business
- Harris cheers Wall Street support as big-money donors line up for Biden
- VP nominee Kamala Harris says Biden’s economic plan will create 7 million more jobs than Trump’s
- Pelosi dismisses stand-alone airline relief bill, says need the bigger bill first
- EXCLUSIVE: Trump says China wants to ‘keep me happy’ when it comes to trade
- Fall COVID outbreaks will not be workplace-driven: Birx
- ANDY PUZDER: Harris refused to answer 3 key questions during debate
- LIVE NOW
- HURRICANE DELTA
- LA Gov Edwards holds press conference as storm set to hit Friday
- CALIFORNIA LEAVIN’
- Anti-Golden State dream creates booming business opportunities
- DAY OFF
- Stay home and eat because these stores won’t be open on Thanksgiving
- ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES
- J&J to supply up to 400M doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine to EU
- FLY ME TO THE MOON
- NASA generating out-of-this world economic output report says
- RETIREE RAISE
- Social Security retirees will get more money after all, but don’t get too excited
- CAN DO ‘BETTER’
- Democrats, Republicans can do ‘better’ for Black Americans: Killer Mike
- LUXURY LIVING
- NFL owner Shad Khan selling yacht for incredible amount of money
- ‘IPHONE FOR LIFE’
- Trademark filed ahead of expected refresh
- Mobile app usage surged 25% in Q3 as coronavirus keeps people home
- Here’s where first-time homebuyers should look for real estate: report
- Dick’s Sporting Goods anticipating Americans will still ball out this holiday season
- Mother of 8 bucks the trends of open office space, sets up cubicles for children
- Trump claims he didn’t insult soldiers like reports say
- Morgan Stanley’s $7B Eaton Vance deal
- Trump says NYC is ‘like a ghost town,’ says son would not get elected mayor
- Another 840,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as layoffs remain elevated
- Moderna will not enforce coronavirus vaccine patents during pandemic
- Singapore allows ‘cruises to nowhere’ for residents on Royal Caribbean, Genting
- Online retailer Yandy has transformed hand sanitizer and banana bread into revealing Halloween costumes
- Up to 30% of JPMorgan staff will work from home on rotating basis: Jamie Dimon
- Chicago pizza chain Lou Malnati’s responds to dig made in new Netflix series ‘Emily in Paris’
- ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ director warns movie theaters face extinction
- Tesla’s new battery will contribute to ‘significant production risk’ at Berlin factory, Musk says
- Warren slams Facebook, says platform is banning political ads to ‘avoid blame’
- London-based investment firm makes late, long-shot bid for TikTok: WSJ
- Manhattan rents plunge as coronavirus drives vacancies to record
- Howard Stern and SiriusXM talking $120M annual deal: Report
Market Indicator Closing Summaries – Yahoo Finance Closing Tickers on MHProNews…
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Where Business, Politics and Investing Can Meet
According to CNN, “More than 57 million people watched Wednesday’s VP debate across eighteen channels on television. About 37 million people watched the 2016.”
The transcript that follows of the Pence-Harris debate is per Rev. Note that the Rev transcript for the Trump-Biden debate had a few errors that were corrected by MHProNews. There are no corrections made in what follows.
Note that the Rev transcript sets an approximate time when the comment was made. Those are routinely off from the actual time. The transcript will be followed by our related reports that will shed light on what both candidates claimed and their respective platforms.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) video below has had almost 900,000 views as of this writing. Millions more will watch the debate in this fashion from a range of media sources. Clearly, tens of millions of Americans are tuning in more seriously now. That’s why serious analysis is warranted, as the introduction above reflects and the related reports that follow will clarify.
Susan Page: (00:00)
Good evening. From the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, welcome to the first and only vice presidential debate of 2020 sponsored by the nonpartisan commission on presidential debates. I’m Susan Page of USA Today. It is my honor to moderate this debate, an important part of our democracy. In Kingsbury Hall tonight, we have a small and socially distant audience and we’ve taken extra precautions during this pandemic. Among other things, everyone in this audience is required to wear a face mask and the candidates will be seated 12 feet apart. The audience is enthusiastic about their candidates, but they’ve agreed to express that enthusiasm only twice—at the end of the debate and now, when I introduce the candidates. California Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence. Senator Harris and Vice President Pence, thank you for being here. We’re meeting as President Trump and the First Lady continue to undergo treatment in Washington, after testing positive for COVID-19. We send our thoughts and prayers to them for their rapid and complete recovery, and for the recovery of everyone afflicted by the coronavirus. The two campaigns and the commission on presidential debates agreed to the ground rules for tonight. I’m here to enforce them.On behalf of the millions of Americans who are watching. One note: no one in either campaign or at the commission or anywhere else has been told in advance what topics I’ll raise or what questions I’ll ask. This 90 minute debate will be divided into nine segments of about 10 minutes each. I’ll begin a segment by posing a question to each of you. Sometimes the same question, sometimes a different question on the same topic. You will then have two minutes to answer without interruption by me or the other candidate. Then we’ll take six minutes or so to discuss the issue. At that point, although there will always be more to say, we’ll move on to the next topic. We want a debate that is lively, but Americans also deserve a discussion that is civil.
Susan Page: (01:21)
These are tumultuous times, but we can and will have a respectful exchange about the big issues facing our nation. Let’s begin with the ongoing pandemic that has cost our country so much. Senator Harris, the coronavirus is not under control. Over the past week, Johns Hopkins reports that 39 states have had more COVID cases over the past seven days than in the week before. Nine States have set new records. Even if a vaccine is released soon, the next administration will face hard choices. What would a Biden administration do in January and February that a Trump administration wouldn’t do? Would you impose new lockdowns for businesses and schools and hotspots, a federal mandate to wear masks? You have two minutes to respond without interruption.
Kamala Harris: (02:13)
Thank you, Susan. Well, the American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country. And here are the facts. 210,000 dead people in our country in just the last several months. Over 7 million people who have contracted this disease. One in five businesses closed. We’re looking at frontline workers who have been treated like sacrificial workers. We are looking at over 30 million people, who in the last several months, had to file for unemployment. And here’s the thing, on January 28th, the vice president and the president were informed about the nature of this pandemic. They were informed that it’s lethal in consequence, that it is airborne, that it will affect young people, and that it would be contracted because it is airborne. And they knew what was happening, and they didn’t tell you.
Kamala Harris: (03:21)
Can you imagine if you knew on January 28th, as opposed to March 13th, what they knew, what you might’ve done to prepare? They knew, and they covered it up. The president said it was a hoax. They minimized the seriousness of it. The president said, “You’re on one side of his ledger if you wear a mask. You’re on the other side of his ledger if you don’t.” And in spite of all of that, today, they still don’t have a plan. They still don’t have a plan. Well, Joe Biden does. And our plan is about what we need to do around a national strategy for contact tracing, for testing, for administration of the vaccine, and making sure that it will be free for all. That is the plan that Joe Biden has and that I have, knowing that we have to get a hold of what has been going on, and we need to save our country. And Joe Biden is the best leader to do that. And frankly, this administration has forfeited their-
Susan Page: (04:17)
Thank you, Senator Harris-
Kamala Harris: (04:18)
… right to reelection based on this.
Susan Page: (04:20)
Thank you, Senator Harris. Vice President Pence, more than 210,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 since February. The US death toll, as a percentage of our population, is higher than that of almost every other wealthy nation on Earth. For instance, our death rate is two and a half times that of Canada, next door. You had the administration’s coronavirus task force. Why is the US death toll, as a percentage of our population, higher than that of almost every other wealthy country? And you have two minutes to respond without interruption.
Mike Pence: (04:55)
Susan, thank you. And I want to thank the Commission and the University of Utah for hosting this event. And Senator Harris, it’s a privilege to be on the stage with you. And our nation has gone through a very challenging time this year. But I want the American people to know that from the very first day, President Donald Trump has put the health of America first. Before there were more than five cases in the United States, all people who had returned from China, President Donald Trump did what no other American president had ever done. And that was, he suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world. Now, Senator Joe Biden opposed that decision. He said it was xenophobic and hysterical. But I can tell you having led the white house coronavirus task force that that decision alone by President Trump bought us invaluable time to stand up the greatest national mobilization since World War Two.
Mike Pence: (05:57)
And I believe it saved hundreds of thousands of American lives. Because with that time, we were able to reinvent testing. More than 115 million tests had been done to date. We were able to see to the delivery of billions of supplies, so our doctors and nurses had the resources support they needed. And we began, really, before the month of February we started to develop a vaccine and to develop medicines and therapeutics that have been saving lives all along the way. And under President Trump’s leadership, Operation Warp Speed, we believe we’ll have literally tens of millions of doses of a vaccine before the end of this year. The reality is, when you look at the Biden plan, it reads an awful lot like what President Trump, and I, and our task force has been doing every step of the way. And quite frankly, when I look at their plan that talks about advancing testing, creating new PPE, developing a vaccine, it looks a little bit like plagiarism, which is something Joe Biden knows a little bit about. And I think the American people know that this is a president who has put the health-
Susan Page: (06:59)
Thank you, Vice President Pence-
Mike Pence: (06:59)
… of America first. And the American people, I believe with my heart, can be proud-
Susan Page: (07:03)
Thank you, Vice President Pence-
Mike Pence: (07:04)
… of the sacrifices they have made. It’s saved countless American lives-
Susan Page: (07:07)
Thank you, Vice President Pence. Senator Harris, would you like to respond?
Kamala Harris: (07:10)
Absolutely. Whatever the vice president is claiming the administration has done, clearly, it hasn’t worked. When you’re looking at over 210,000 dead bodies in our country, American lives that have been lost, families that are grieving that loss, and the vice president is the head of the task force and knew on January 28th, how serious this was. And then, thanks to Bob Woodward, we learned that they knew about it. And then when that was exposed, the vice president said, when asked, “Well, why didn’t you all tell anybody?” He said, “Because the president wanted people to remain calm.”
Susan Page: (07:52)
Well, let’s [crosstalk 00:07:53]-
Kamala Harris: (07:53)
No. But Susan, this is important. And I want to add-
Mike Pence: (07:55)
Susan, I have to weigh in here-
Kamala Harris: (07:56)
Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking.
Mike Pence: (07:57)
I have to weigh in.
Kamala Harris: (07:58)
Susan Page: (07:59)
You can have 15 more seconds, and then we’ll give the vice-president a chance to respond-
Kamala Harris: (08:02)
Thank you. So I want to ask the American people, how calm were you when you were panicked about where you were going to get your next roll of toilet paper? How calm were you when your kids were sent home from school and you didn’t know when they could go back? How calm were you-
Susan Page: (08:15)
Kamala Harris: (08:15)
… when your children-
Susan Page: (08:16)
Thank you, Senator Harris-
Kamala Harris: (08:18)
… couldn’t see your parents because you were afraid they could kill them.
Susan Page: (08:20)
Let’s give Vice President Pence a chance to respond. Vice President Pence, you have one minute to respond.
Mike Pence: (08:23)
There’s not a day gone by that I haven’t thought of every American family that’s lost a loved one. And I want all of you to know that you’ll always be in our hearts and in our prayers. But when you say what the American people have done over these last eight months, hasn’t worked, that’s a great disservice to the sacrifices the American people have made-
Kamala Harris: (08:44)
I’m referring to the president-
Mike Pence: (08:45)
But the reality… If I may finish, Senator. The reality is Dr. Fauci said everything that he told the president in the Oval Office, the president told the American. Now President Trump, I will tell you, has boundless confidence in the American people, and he always spoke with confidence that we’d get through this together. But when you say it hasn’t worked… When Dr. Fauci, and Dr. Birx, and our medical experts came to us in the second week of March, they said, if the president didn’t take the unprecedented step of shutting down roughly half of the American economy, that we could lose 2.2 million Americans. That’s the reality.
Susan Page: (09:22)
Thank you. Thank you, Vice President Pence-
Mike Pence: (09:22)
They also said to us, if we did everything right, Susan, we could still lose more than 200,000 Americans.
Susan Page: (09:27)
Vice President Pence-
Mike Pence: (09:28)
One life lost is too many, Susan. But the American people, I believe, deserve credit for the sacrifices that they have made, putting the health of their family and their neighbors first, our doctors, our nurses, our first responders.
Susan Page: (09:41)
Thank you, Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (09:42)
And I’m going to speak up on behalf of what the American people have done.
Susan Page: (09:45)
Vice President Pence, you were in the front row in a Rose Garden event 11 days ago, at what seems to have been a super spreader event for senior administration and congressional officials. No social distancing, few masks, and now a cluster of coronavirus cases among those who were there. How can you expect Americans to follow the administration…
Susan Page: (10:03)
How can you expect Americans to follow the administration’s safety guidelines to protect themselves from COVID when you at the White House have not been doing so?
Mike Pence: (10:11)
Well, the American people have demonstrated over the last eight months, that when given the facts, they’re willing to put the health of their families and their neighbors and people they don’t even know first. President Trump and I have great confidence in the American people and their ability to take that information and put it into practice. In the height of the epidemic when we were losing a heartbreaking number of 2,500 Americans a day, we surged resources to New Jersey and New York and New Orleans and Detroit. We told the American people what needed to be done, and the American people made the sacrifices. When the outbreak in the Sun Belt happened this summer, again, Americans stepped forward. But the reality is the work of the President of the United States goes on. A vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States has come upon us, and the President introduced Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Susan Page: (11:05)
Yes, thank you. Thank you, Vice President.
Mike Pence: (11:07)
If I may say, that Rose Garden event, been a great deal of speculation about it. My wife, Karen and I were there and honored to be there. Many of the people who were at that event, Susan, actually were tested for Coronavirus, and it was an outdoor event, which all of our scientists regularly and routinely advise. The difference here is President Trump and I trust the American people to make choices in the best interest of their health. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris consistently talk about mandates, and not just mandates with the Coronavirus, but a government takeover of healthcare, the Green New Deal, all government control. We’re about freedom and respecting the freedom of the American people.
Kamala Harris: (11:48)
Let’s talk about respecting the American people. You respect the American people when you tell them the truth. You respect the American people when you have the courage to be a leader.
Mike Pence: (11:58)
Which we’ve always done.
Kamala Harris: (11:58)
Speaking of those things that you may not want people to hear, but they need to hear so they can protect themselves. But this administration stood on information that, if you had as a parent, if you had as a worker, knowing you didn’t have enough money saved up, and now you’re standing in a food line because of the ineptitude of a administration that was unwilling to speak the truth to the American people. So let’s talk about caring about the American people. The American people have had to sacrifice far too much because of the incompetence of this administration. It is asking too much of the people-
Mike Pence: (12:33)
Susan, we talked about this.
Kamala Harris: (12:34)
It is asking too much of the people. That they would not be equipped with the information they need to help themselves to protect their parents and their children.
Susan Page: (12:42)
I’m sorry. Kamala Harris, Senator Harris, I mean, I’m sorry.
Kamala Harris: (12:46)
That’s fine, I’m Kamala.
Susan Page: (12:47)
No, no, you’re Senator Harris to me. For life to get back to normal, Dr. Anthony Fauci and other experts say that most of the people who can be vaccinated need to be vaccinated. But half of Americans now say they wouldn’t take a vaccine if it was released now. If the Trump administration approves a vaccine before or after the election, should Americans take it, and would you take it?
Kamala Harris: (13:11)
If the public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us that we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it, absolutely. But if Donald Trump tells us that we should take it, I’m not taking it.
Susan Page: (13:24)
Vice President Pence, there’ve been a lot of repercussions from this pandemic. In recent days, the President’s diagnosis of COVID-19 has underscored the importance of the job that you hold and that you are seeking. That’s our second topic tonight. It’s the role of the Vice President. One of you will make history on January 20th. You will be the Vice President to the oldest President the United States has ever had. Donald Trump will be 74 years old on inauguration day. Joe Biden will be 78 years old. That already has raised concerns among some voters, concerns that have been sharpened by President Trump’s hospitalization in recent days. Vice President Pence, have you had a conversation or reached an agreement with President Trump about safeguards or procedures when it comes to the issue of presidential disability? And if not, do you think you should? You have two minutes without interruption.
Mike Pence: (14:20)
Well, Susan, thank you. Although, I would like to go back.
Susan Page: (14:23)
I think we need to move on to the issue of vice presidency.
Mike Pence: (14:28)
Well, thank you, but I would like to go back because the reality is that we’re going to have a vaccine, Senator, in record time. In unheard of time, in less than a year. We have five companies in phase three clinical trials. And we’re right now producing tens of millions of doses. So the fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if the vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think is unconscionable. And Senator, I just ask you, stop playing politics with people’s lives. The reality is that we will have a vaccine, we believe, before the end of this year. And it will have the capacity to save countless American lives. And your continuous undermining of confidence in a vaccine is just, it’s unacceptable. And let me also say, the reality is, when you talk about failure in this administration, we actually do know what failure looks like in a pandemic.
Mike Pence: (15:29)
It was 2009. The Swine flu arrived in the United States. Thankfully, it ended up not being as lethal as the Coronavirus. But before the end of the year, when Joe Biden was Vice President of the United States, not seven and a half million people contracted the Swine flu, 60 million Americans contracted the Swine flu. If the Swine flu had been as lethal as the Coronavirus in 2009 when Joe Biden was Vice President, we would have lost 2 million American lives. His own chief of staff, Ron Klain would say last year that it was pure luck that they did, “Everything possible wrong.” And we learned from that. They left the strategic national stockpile empty. They left an empty and hollow plan, but we still learn from it, and I think the American people, I’m going to say again, can be proud of what we have done. And Senator, please stop undermining confidence in a vaccine.
Susan Page: (16:32)
Senator Harris, let me ask you the same question that I asked her Vice President Pence, which is, have you had a conversation or reached an agreement with Vice President Biden about safeguards or procedures when it comes to the issue of presidential disability? And if not, and if you win the election next month, do you think you should? You have two minutes uninterrupted.
Kamala Harris: (16:53)
Let me tell you first of all, the day I got the call from Joe Biden, it was actually a Zoom call, asking me to serve with him on this ticket was probably one of the most memorable days of my life. I thought about my mother, who came to the United States at the age of 19, gave birth to me at the age of 25 at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, California. And the thought that I’d be sitting here right now, I know, would make her proud. And she must be looking down on this. Joe and I were raised in a very similar way. We were raised with values that are about hard work, about the value and the dignity of public service, and about the importance of fighting for the dignity of all people. And I think Joe asked me to serve with him because I have a career that included being elected the first woman District Attorney of San Francisco, where I created models of innovation for law enforcement, in terms of reform of the criminal justice system.
Kamala Harris: (17:58)
I was elected the first woman of color, and black woman to be elected Attorney General of the state of California, where I ran the second largest department of justice in the United States. Second only to the United States Department of Justice. And there, I took on everything from transnational criminal organizations, to the big banks that were taking advantage of homeowners, to for-profit colleges that were taking advantage of veterans. And then of course, now I serve in the United States Senate as only the second black woman ever elected to the United States Senate. I serve on the Senate Intelligence Committee where I’ve been in regular receipt of classified information about threats to our nation in hotspots around the world. I’ve traveled the world, I’ve met with our soldiers in war zones. And I think Joe has asked me to serve with him because he knows that we share a purpose, which is about lifting up the American people. And after the four years that we have seen of Donald Trump unifying our country around our common values and principles.
Susan Page: (18:58)
Thank you, Senator Harris. Neither President Trump, nor Vice President Biden has released a sort of detailed health information that had become the modern norm until the 2016 election. And in recent days, President Trump’s doctors have given misleading answers, or refused to answer basic questions about his health. And my question to each of you in turn is, is this information voters deserve to know? Vice President Pence, would you like to go first?
Mike Pence: (19:26)
Well, Susan, thank you. And let me say on behalf of the President and the First Lady, how moved we’ve all been by the outpouring of prayers and concern for the President. And I do believe it’s emblematic of the prayers and the concern that have ushered forth for every American impacted by the Coronavirus. But the care of the President received at Walter Reed Hospital, the White House doctors was exceptional. And the transparency that they practiced all along the way will continue. The American people have a right to know about-
Mike Pence: (20:03)
… they will continue. The American people have a right to know about the health and well-being of their president, and we’ll continue to do that. But I’m just extremely grateful and was more than a little moved by the broad and bipartisan support. And Senator, I want to thank you and Joe Biden for your expressions and genuine concern. And I also want to congratulate you, as I did on that phone call, on the historic nature of your nomination.
Kamala Harris: (20:29)
Mike Pence: (20:30)
I never expected to be on this stage four years ago, so I know the feeling, but the reality is we’ve got an election before the American people in the midst of this challenging year and the stakes have never been higher, but I think the choice has never been here.
Susan Page: (20:46)
Thank you, Vice President. I want to give Senator Harris a chance to respond to the same question I asked, which is, do voters have a right to know more detailed health information about presidential candidates and especially about presidents, especially when they’re facing some kind of challenge?
Kamala Harris: (21:01)
Absolutely. And that’s why Joe Biden has been so incredibly transparent. And certainly by contrast that the President has not, both in terms of health records, but also let’s look at taxes. We now know because of great investigative journalism that Donald Trump paid $750 in taxes. When I first heard about it, I literally said, “You mean $750,000?” And it was like no, $750. We now know Donald Trump owes and is in debt for $400 million. And just so everyone is clear, when we say in debt, it means you owe money to somebody. And it’d be really good to know who the President of the United States, the commander-in-chief owes money to because the American people have a right to know what is influencing the President’s decisions. And is he making those decisions on the best interest of the American people, of you or self-interest?
Kamala Harris: (22:01)
So, Susan, I’m glad you asked about transparency because it has to be across the board. Joe has been incredibly transparent over many, many years. The one thing we all know about Joe, he puts it all out there. He is honest, he is forthright, but Donald Trump on the other hand has been about covering up everything.
Mike Pence: (22:22)
Susan Page: (22:22)
Thank you, Senator Harris. I want to give you a chance to respond, Vice President.
Mike Pence: (22:25)
Well, look, I respect the fact that Joe Biden spent 47 years in public life. I respect your public service as well.
Kamala Harris: (22:33)
Mike Pence: (22:33)
The American people have a president who was a businessman, he’s a job creator. Who’s paid tens of millions of dollars in taxes, payroll taxes, property taxes. He’s created tens of thousands of American jobs. And the President said those public reports are not accurate. And the President’s also released literally stacks of financial disclosures the American people can review just as the law allows. But the distinction here is that Joe Biden, 47 years in public service compared to President Donald Trump, who brought all of that experience four years ago-
Susan Page: (23:10)
Thank you Vice President-
Mike Pence: (23:11)
… and turned this economy around by cutting taxes, rolling back regulations-
Susan Page: (23:15)
Thank you, Vice President Pence-
Mike Pence: (23:16)
… unleashing American energy, fighting for free and fair trade. And all of that’s on the line-
Susan Page: (23:20)
Thank you Vice President Pence-
Mike Pence: (23:21)
… if Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are elected.
Susan Page: (23:23)
That’s a good segue into our third topic-
Kamala Harris: (23:26)
That’s a great segue.
Susan Page: (23:26)
… which is about the economy. This has been another aspect of life for Americans, it’s been so affected by this coronavirus. We have a jobs crisis brewing. On Friday, we learned that the unemployment rate had declined to seven point nine percent in September, but the job growth had stalled. And that was before the latest round of layoffs and furloughs in the airline industry, at Disney, and elsewhere. Hundreds of thousands of discouraged workers have stopped looking for work. Nearly 11 million jobs that existed at the beginning of the year haven’t been replaced. Those hardest hit include Latinos, Blacks, and women. Senator Harris, the Biden, Harris campaign has proposed new programs to boost the economy. And you would pay for that new spending by raising four trillion dollars in taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations. Some economists warn that could curb entrepreneurial ventures that fuel growth and create jobs. Would raising taxes put the recovery at risk? And you have two minutes to answer uninterrupted.
Kamala Harris: (24:30)
Thank you. On the issue of the economy, I think there couldn’t be a more fundamental difference between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Joe Biden believes you measure the health and the strength of America’s economy based on the health and the strength of the American worker and the American family. On the other hand, you have Donald Trump who measures the strength of the economy based on how rich people are doing, which is why he passed a tax bill benefiting the top one percent and the biggest corporations of America, leading to a two trillion dollar deficit that the American people are going to have to pay for. On day one, Joe Biden will repeal that tax bill, he’ll get rid of it. And what he’ll do with the money is invest it in the American people.
Kamala Harris: (25:17)
And through a plan that is about investing in infrastructure, something that Donald Trump said he would do, I remember hearing about some infrastructure week, I don’t think it ever happened, but Joe Biden will do that. He’ll invest in infrastructure. It’s about upgrading our roads and bridges, but also investing in clean energy and renewable energy. Joe was going to invest that money in what we need to do around innovation. There was a time when our country believed in science and invested in research and development, so that we were an innovation leader on the globe. Joe Biden will use that money to invest in education. So for example, for folks who want to go to a two-year community college, it will be free. If you come from a family that makes less than $125,000, you’ll go to a public university for free. And across the board, we’ll make sure that if you have student loan debt, it’s cut by $10,000.
Kamala Harris: (26:09)
That’s how Joe Biden thinks about the economy which is, it’s about investing in the people of our country. As opposed to passing a tax bill, which had the benefit of letting American corporations go off-shore to do their business.
Susan Page: (26:24)
Thank you Senator Harris.
Kamala Harris: (26:25)
Susan Page: (26:26)
Vice President Pence, your administration has been predicting a rapid and robust recovery, but the latest economic report suggests that’s not happening. Should Americans be braced for an economic comeback that is going to take not months, but a year or more? You have two minutes to answer uninterrupted.
Mike Pence: (26:43)
When President Trump and I took office, America had gone through the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression. It was when Joe Biden was vice president, they tried to tax and spend, and regulate, and bail our way back to a growing economy. President Trump cut taxes across the board. Despite what Senator Harris says, the average American family of four had $2,000 in savings in taxes. And with the rise in wages that occurred, most predominantly for blue collar, hardworking Americans, the average household income for a family of four increased by $4,000 following President Trump’s tax cuts. But America, you just heard Senator Harris tell you, on day one, Joe Biden’s going to raise your taxes. It’s really remarkable to think-
Kamala Harris: (27:28)
That’s not what I said.
Mike Pence: (27:29)
I mean, right after a time where we’re going through a pandemic that lost 22 million jobs at the height, we’ve already added back 11.6 million jobs because we had a president who cut taxes, rolled back regulation, unleashed American energy, fought for free and fair trade and secured four trillion dollars from the Congress of the United States to give direct payments to families, save 50 million jobs through the Paycheck Protection Program. We literally have spared no expense to help the American people and the American worker through this. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want to raise taxes. They want to bury our economy under a two trillion dollar Green New Deal, which you were one of the original co-sponsors of in the United States Senate. They want to abolish [silence 00:08:13-00:28:41] … the American comeback is on the ballot with four more years of growth and opportunity.
Susan Page: (28:46)
Mike Pence: (28:47)
… and four more years of president Donald Trump, 2021-
Susan Page: (28:50)
Thank you, Vice President-
Mike Pence: (28:51)
… is going to be the biggest economic year in the history of this country.
Susan Page: (28:53)
Thank you, Vice President Pence, Senator Harris.
Kamala Harris: (28:56)
Well, I mean, I thought we saw enough of it in last week’s debate, but I think this is supposed to be a debate based on fact and truth and the truth and the fact is, Joe Biden has been very clear, he will not raise taxes on anybody who makes less than $400,000 a year.
Mike Pence: (29:08)
He said he’s going to repeal the Trump tax cuts.
Kamala Harris: (29:10)
Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking. I’m speaking.
Mike Pence: (29:14)
The important [inaudible 00:29:15] is you said the truth. Joe Biden has said it twice in the debate last week that he’s going to repeal the Trump tax cuts. That was tax cuts that gave the average working family $2,000 in a tax break every single year-
Kamala Harris: (29:28)
Mike Pence: (29:28)
Senator, that’s the math.
Kamala Harris: (29:30)
That is absolutely not true, [crosstalk 00:00:29:32].
Mike Pence: (29:32)
Is he the only going to repeal part of the Trump tax cuts?
Kamala Harris: (29:35)
If you don’t mind letting me finish, we can then have a conversation, okay?
Mike Pence: (29:39)
Kamala Harris: (29:39)
Okay. Joe Biden will not raise taxes on anyone who makes less than $400,000 a year. He has been very clear about that. Joe Biden will not end fracking, he has been very clear about that. Joe Biden is the one who, during the great recession was responsible for the Recovery Act that brought America back. And now that Trump-
Kamala Harris: (30:03)
… for the Recovery Act that brought America back, and now the Trump-Pence administration wants to take credit when they rode the coattails of Joe Biden’s success for the economy that they had at the beginning of their term. Of course, now the economy is a complete disaster, but Joe Biden on the one hand did that. On the other hand, you have Donald Trump who has reigned over a recession that is being compared to the Great Depression.
Kamala Harris: (30:28)
On the one hand, you have Joe Biden who was responsible with President Barack Obama for the Affordable Care Act, which brought healthcare to over 20 million Americans and protected people with preexisting conditions. And what it also did is it saved those families who otherwise were going bankrupt because of hospital bills they could not afford. On the other hand, you have Donald Trump, who is in court right now, trying to get rid of-
Mike Pence: (30:54)
Susan, please [crosstalk 00:30:54]
Susan Page: (30:54)
Thank you, Senator Harris.
Kamala Harris: (30:54)
… trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, which means that you will lose protections if you have preexisting conditions. And I just, this is very important, Susan. [crosstalk 00:31:03]
Mike Pence: (31:03)
Yes, but we need to give Vice President Pence his time.
Kamala Harris: (31:06)
He interrupted me, and I’d like to just finish, please. If you have a preexisting condition, heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, they’re coming for you. If you love someone who has a pre-existing condition [crosstalk 00:01:21], they’re coming for you. If you are under the age of 26 on your parents’ coverage, they’re coming for you.
Susan Page: (31:26)
Senator Harris, thank you.
Kamala Harris: (31:28)
Susan Page: (31:28)
Let me give you a chance to respond.
Mike Pence: (31:29)
Well. I hope we have a chance to talk about healthcare because Obamacare was a disaster, and the American people remember it well. And President Trump and I have a plan to improve healthcare and protect preexisting conditions for every American. But look, Senator Harris, you’re entitled to your own opinion, but you’re not entitled to your own facts. You yourself said on multiple occasions when you were running for president, that you would ban fracking. Joe Biden looked at a supporter in the eye and pointed and said, “I guarantee, I guarantee that we will abolish fossil fuels.”
Mike Pence: (32:06)
They have a $2 trillion version of the Green New Deal, Susan, that your newspaper, USA Today, said really wasn’t that very different from the original Green New Deal. More taxes, more regulation, banning fracking, abolishing fossil fuel, crushing American energy and economic surrender to China is a prescription for economic decline. President Trump and I will keep America growing, the V-shape recovery that’s underway right now will continue with four more years of President Donald Trump [crosstalk 00:32:37]
Susan Page: (32:37)
Thank you very much Vice President Pence. Once again, you’ve provided the perfect segue to a new topic, which is climate change. And Vice President Pence, I’d like to pose the first question to you. This year, we’ve seen record-setting hurricanes in the South. Another one, Hurricane Delta, is now threatening the Gulf, and we have seen record-setting wildfires in the West. Do you believe as the scientific community has concluded, that man-made climate change has made wildfires bigger, hotter, and more deadly and have made hurricanes wetter, slower and more damaging? You have two minutes uninterrupted.
Mike Pence: (33:15)
Thank you, Susan. Well, first, I’m very proud of our record on the environment, on conservation. According to all of the best estimates, our air and land are cleaner than any time ever recorded. Our water is among the cleanest in the world. And just a little while ago, the president signed the Outdoors Act. It’s the largest investment in our public lands and public parks in 100 years. So President Trump has made a commitment to conservation and to the environment.
Mike Pence: (33:44)
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. Now Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would put us back in the Paris Climate Accord. They’d impose the Green New Deal, which would crush American energy, would increase the energy costs of American families in their homes, and literally would crush American jobs.
Mike Pence: (34:13)
And President Trump and I believe that the progress that we have made in a cleaner environment has been happening precisely because we have a strong, free market economy. What’s remarkable is the United States has reduced CO2 more than the countries that are still in the Paris Climate Accord, but we’ve done it through innovation. And we’ve done it through natural gas and fracking, which Senator, the American people can go look at the record. I know Joe Biden says otherwise now, as you do, but the both of you repeatedly committed to abolishing fossil fuel and banning of fracking.
Mike Pence: (34:53)
And so by creating the kind of American innovation, we’re actually steering toward a stronger and better environment. With regard to wildfires, President Trump and I believe that forest management has to be front and center. And even Governor Gavin Newsom from your state has agreed, we’ve got to work on forest management. And with regard to hurricanes, the National Oceanic Administration tells us that actually as difficult as they are, there are no more hurricanes today than there were 100 years ago-
Susan Page: (35:23)
Thank you [crosstalk 00:35:24]
Mike Pence: (35:24)
… but many of the climate alarmists-
Susan Page: (35:26)
Vice President Pence, I’m sorry, your time is up.
Mike Pence: (35:26)
… use hurricanes and wildfires to try and sell the goods of a Green New Deal. And President Trump and I are going to always put-
Susan Page: (35:33)
Thank you, Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (35:34)
… American jobs and American workers first.
Susan Page: (35:36)
Senator Harris, as the vice president mentioned, you co-sponsored the Green New Deal in Congress, but Vice President Biden said in last week’s debate that he does not support the Green New Deal. But if you look at the Biden-Harris campaign website, it describes the Green New Deal as a crucial framework. What exactly would be the stance of a Biden-Harris administration toward the Green New Deal? You have two minutes uninterrupted.
Kamala Harris: (36:02)
So, first of all, I will repeat and the American people know that Joe Biden will not ban fracking. That is a fact. That is a fact. I will repeat that Joe Biden has been very clear that he thinks about growing jobs, which is why he will not increase taxes for anyone who makes less than $400,000 a year. Joe Biden’s economic plan… Moody’s, which is a reputable Wall Street firm, has said will create seven million more jobs than Donald Trump’s.
Kamala Harris: (36:38)
And part of those jobs that will be created by Joe Biden are going to be about clean energy and renewable energy. Because, you see, Joe understands that the West Coast of our country is burning, including my home state of California. Joe sees what is happening on the Gulf states, which are being battered by storms. Joe has seen and talked with the farmers in Iowa whose entire crops have been destroyed because of floods.
Kamala Harris: (37:07)
And so Joe believes, again, in science. I’ll tell you something, Susan, I served when I first got to the Senate on the committee that’s responsible for the environment. Do you know, this administration took the word science off the website, and then took the phrase climate change off the website? We have seen a pattern with this administration, which is they don’t believe in science. And Joe’s plan is about saying we’re going to deal with it, but we’re also going to create jobs. Donald Trump, when asked about the wildfires in California, and the question was, the science is telling us this… You know what Donald Trump said? Science doesn’t know.
Kamala Harris: (37:43)
So let’s talk about who is prepared to lead our country over the course of the next four years on what is an existential threat to us as human beings. Joe is about saying we’re going to invest that in renewable energy, which is going to be about the creation of millions of jobs. We will achieve net zero emissions by 2050, carbon neutral by 2035. Joe has a plan. This has been a lot of talk from the Trump administration, and really it has been to go backward instead of forward. We will also reenter the Climate Agreement with pride.
Susan Page: (38:16)
Senator Harris just said that climate change is an existential threat. Vice President Pence, do you believe that climate change poses an existential threat?
Mike Pence: (02:09)
As I said, Susan, the climate is changing. We’ll follow the science. But once again, Senator Harris is denying the fact that they’re going to raise taxes on every American. Joe Biden said twice in the debate last week, that on day one, he was going to repeal the Trump tax cuts. Those tax cuts delivered $2,000 in tax relief to the average family of four across America. And with regard to banning fracking, I just recommend that people look at the record. You yourself said repeatedly that you would ban fracking. You were the first Senate co-sponsor of the Green New Deal. And while Joe Biden denied the green new deal, Susan, thank you for pointing out. The Green New Deal is on their campaign website.
Mike Pence: (02:54)
And as USA TODAY said, it’s essentially the same plan as you co-sponsored with AOC when she submitted it in the Senate. And you just heard the Senator say that she’s going to resubmit America to the Paris climate accord. Look, the American people have always cherished our environment and will continue to cherish it. We’ve made great progress reducing CO2 emissions through American innovation and the development of natural gas through fracking. We don’t need a massive $2 trillion Green New Deal that would impose all new mandates on American businesses and American families.
Susan Page: (03:30)
Mike Pence: (03:30)
Joe Biden wants us to retrofit-
Susan Page: (03:32)
Thank you Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (03:32)
Four million business-
Susan Page: (03:34)
Thank you Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (03:35)
Buildings. It makes no sense. It will cost jobs. President Trump-
Susan Page: (03:39)
Thank you Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (03:40)
He’s going to put America first. He’s going to put jobs first and we’re going to take care of our environment and follow the science.
Susan Page: (03:45)
Thank you Vice President-
Kamala Harris : (03:46)
Well, on the issue of jobs.
Susan Page: (03:47)
Kamala Harris : (03:47)
Let’s talk about that. The vice-president earlier referred to it as part of what he thinks is an accomplishment. The president’s trade war with China. You lost that trade war. You lost it. What ended up happening is because of a so-called trade war with China, America lost 300,000 manufacturing jobs. Farmers have experienced bankruptcy because of it. We are in a manufacturing recession because of it. And when we look at where this administration has been, there are estimates that by the end of the term of this administration, they will have lost more jobs than almost any other presidential administration and the American people know what I’m talking about.
Kamala Harris : (04:39)
I think about 20 year olds, we have a 20 something year old who are coming out of high school and college right now. And you’re wondering, is there going to be a job there for me? We’re looking at people who are trying to figure out how they’re going to pay rent by the end of the month, almost half of American renters are worried about whether they’re going to be able to pay rent by the end of the month. This is where the economy is in America right now. And it is because of the catastrophe and the failure of leadership of this administration.
Susan Page: (05:14)
Thank you Senator Harris. Vice President Pence, let me give you just 15 seconds to respond because then I want to move on.
Mike Pence: (05:18)
Well, I’d love to respond. Look, lost the trade war with China? Joe Biden never fought it. Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for communist China over the last several decades. And again, Senator Harris, you’re entitled to your opinion. You’re not entitled to your own facts. When Joe Biden was vice-president, we lost 200,000 manufacturing jobs. And president Obama said they were never coming back. He said, we needed a magic wand to bring them back. In our first three years after we cut taxes-
Susan Page: (05:48)
Thank you Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (05:50)
Roll back regulation, unleashed American energy. This administration saw 500,000 manufacturing-
Susan Page: (05:54)
Thank you Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (05:54)
Jobs created, and that’s exactly the kind of growth we’re going to continue to see as we bring our nation through-
Susan Page: (06:00)
Thank you Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (06:00)
Kamala Harris : (06:00)
Mike Pence: (06:02)
A Green New Deal-
Susan Page: (06:02)
Thank you Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (06:02)
You’re passing new mandates, your Paris Climate Accord. It’s going to kill jobs this time, just like it killed jobs-
Kamala Harris : (06:08)
I just need to respond very quickly.
Mike Pence: (06:10)
Kamala Harris : (06:11)
Mike Pence: (06:11)
And then we move on.
Kamala Harris : (06:11)
Thank you. Joe Biden is responsible for saving America’s auto industry and you voted against it. So let’s set the record straight. Thank you.
Susan Page: (06:23)
I’d like to talk about China. We have as our next topic, we have no more complicated or consequential foreign relationship than the one with China. It is a huge market for American agricultural goods. It’s a potential partner in dealing with climate change in North Korea and in a video tonight, President Trump again, blamed it for the Coronavirus saying China will pay. Vice President Pence, how would you describe our fundamental relationship with China? Competitors? Adversaries? Enemies? You have two minutes.
Mike Pence: (06:57)
Thank you, Susan. Well, before I leave that, let me speak to voting records if I can. Everybody knows that NAFTA costs literally thousands of American factories to close. We saw automotive jobs go South of the border. President Trump fought to renegotiate NAFTA. In the United States, Mexico and Canada the agreement is now the law of the land. American people deserve to know Senator Kamala Harris was one of only 10 members of the Senate to vote against the USMCA. It was a huge win for American auto workers. It was a huge win for American farmers, especially dairy in the upper Midwest. But Senator you said it didn’t go far enough on climate change, you put your radical environmental agenda ahead of American auto workers and a head of American jobs. I think the American people deserve to know that it’s probably why Newsweek magazine said that Kamala Harris was the most liberal member of the United States Senate in 2019, more liberal than Bernie Sanders, more liberal than any of the others in the United States Senate.
Mike Pence: (08:06)
So now with regard to China, Susan first and foremost, China is to blame for the coronavirus and President Trump is not happy about it. He’s made that very clear, made it clear again today that China and the world health organization did not play straight with the American people. They did not let our personnel into China to get information on the Coronavirus until the middle of February. Fortunately, President Trump in dealing with China from the outset of this administration, standing up to China that had been taking advantage of America for decades in the wake of Joe Biden’s cheerleading for China. President Trump made that decision before the end of January to suspend all travel from China. And again, the American people deserve to know Joe Biden opposed President Trump’s decision to suspend all travel from China. He said it was hysterical. He said it was-
Susan Page: (09:00)
Thank you Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (09:02)
The President Trump has stood up-
Susan Page: (09:03)
Vice President Pence, your time is up.
Mike Pence: (09:04)
To China. We’re going to continue to stand strong.
Susan Page: (09:06)
Thank you Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (09:07)
We want to improve the relationship, but we’re going to level the playing field and we’re going to hold China accountable-
Susan Page: (09:12)
Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (09:12)
for what they did to America with the coronavirus.
Susan Page: (09:13)
Thank you. Senator Harris, let me ask you the same question that I asked the vice-president. How would you describe our fundamental relationship with China? Are we competitors? Adversaries? Enemies? You’ll have two minutes uninterrupted.
Kamala Harris : (09:29)
Susan, the Trump administration’s perspective and approach to China has resulted in the loss of American lives, American jobs, and America’s standing. There is a weird obsession that President Trump has had with getting rid of whatever accomplishment was achieved by President Obama and Vice President Biden. For example, they created within the White House and office that basically was responsible for monitoring pandemics. They got rid of it.
Mike Pence: (10:09)
Kamala Harris : (10:10)
There was a team of disease experts that President Obama and Vice President Biden dispatched to China to monitor what is now predictable and what might happen. They pulled them out. We now are looking at 210,000 Americans who have lost their lives. Let’s look at the job situation. We mentioned before, the trade deal, the trade war, they wanted to call it with China. It resulted in the loss of over 300 manufacturing jobs and a manufacturing recession and the American consumer paid thousands of dollars, more for goods because of that failed war that they called it. Then let’s talk about standing. Pew, a reputable research firm has done an analysis that shows that leaders of all of our formerly allied countries have now decided that they hold in greater esteem and respect Xi Jinping the head of the Chinese communist party than they do Donald Trump. The President of the United States, the commander in chief of the United States. This is where we are today because of a failure of leadership by this administration.
Susan Page: (11:33)
Senator Harris, we’ve seen changes in the role of the United States in terms of global leadership over the past four years. And of course times do change. What’s your definition? We’ve seen strains with China, of course, as the vice president mentioned, we’ve seen strange with our traditional allies in NATO and elsewhere. What is your definition of the role of American leadership in 2020?
Kamala Harris : (11:59)
So I love talking with Joe about a lot of these issues and Joe, I think he said it quite well. He says, “Foreign policy, it might sound complicated, but really it’s relationships.” Just think about it as relationships. So we know this in our personal and professional relationships, you got to keep your word to your friends. Got to be loyal to your friends. People who’ve stood with, you got to stand with them. You got to know who your adversaries are and keep them in check. But what we have seen with Donald Trump is that he has betrayed our friends and embraced dictators around the world.
Kamala Harris : (12:41)
Let’s take for example, Russia. So I serve on the intelligence committee of the United States Senate. America’s Intelligence Community told us Russia interfered in the election of the president of the United States in 2016 and his plan in 2020. Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI said the same, but Donald Trump, the commander in chief of the United States of America prefers to take the word of Vladimir Putin over the word of the American Intelligence Community. You look at our friends at NATO, he has walked away from agreements.
Kamala Harris : (13:18)
You can look at the Iran nuclear deal, which now has put us in a position where we are less safe because they are building up what might end up being a significant nuclear arsenal. We were in that deal guys. We were in the Iran nuclear deal with friends, with allies around the country. And because of Donald Trump’s unilateral approach to foreign policy, coupled with his isolationism, he pulled us out and has made America less safe. So Susan it’s about relationships. And the thing that has always been part of the strength of our nation in addition to our great military has been that we keep our word, but Donald Trump doesn’t understand that because he doesn’t understand what it means to be honest.
Susan Page: (14:03)
Kamala Harris : (14:03)
He doesn’t understand what it means to be honest.
Susan Page: (14:03)
Thank you, Senator Harris. Vice President Pence, let me give you a chance to respond.
Mike Pence: (14:09)
Thank you. Well, President Trump kept his word when we moved the American embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of the state of Israel. When Joe Biden was vice president, they promised to do that and they never did. We stood strong with our allies, but we’ve been demanding. NATO is now contributing more to our common defense than ever before thanks to President Trump’s leadership. We’ve strengthened our alliances across the Asia Pacific, and we’ve stood strong against those who would do us harm. When President Trump came into office, ISIS had captured an area of the middle East, the size of Pennsylvania, but President Trump unleashed the American military and our armed forces destroy the ISIS caliphate and took down their leader, al-Baghdadi without one American casualty. Al-Baghdadi was responsible for the death of thousands, but notably America’s hearts today are with the family of Kayla Mueller. Her parents, which are here with us tonight in Salt Lake City. Today, two of the ISIS killers responsible for Kayla Mueller’s murder were brought to justice in the United States.
Mike Pence: (15:22)
Jihadi John was killed on the battlefield along with the other beetle. The reality is that when Joe Biden was vice president, we had an opportunity to save Kayla Mueller. Breaks my heart to reflect on it, but the military came into the oval office, presented a plan, they said they knew where Kayla was. Baghdadi had held her for 18 months, abused or mercilessly before they killed her, but when Joe Biden was Vice President they hesitated for a month, and when armed forces finally went in, it was clear she’d been moved two days earlier. And her family says with a heart that broke the heart of every American, that if president Donald Trump had been president, they believe Kayla would be alive today.
Susan Page: (16:06)
Thank you, Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (16:06)
So, if we destroy the ISIS caliphate and you talk about re-entering the Iran nuclear deal. I mean the last administration transferred $1.8 billion to the leading state sponsor of terrorism.
Susan Page: (16:20)
Thank you, Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (16:20)
President Donald Trump got us out of the deal-
Susan Page: (16:22)
Thank you, Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (16:24)
… And when Qassem Soleimani was traveling to Baghdad-
Susan Page: (16:26)
Thank you, Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (16:27)
… To do harm to Americans, President Donald Trump took him out-
Susan Page: (16:31)
Thank you, Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (16:31)
… And America is safer, our allies are safer and the American people know president Donald Trump will never take action [crosstalk 00:00:16:40].
Susan Page: (16:40)
Thank you, Vice President Pence. I would like to give Senator Harris a chance to respond, but not at such great length, because of course there are other topics we want to talk about.
Kamala Harris : (16:45)
But I would like equal time.
Susan Page: (16:46)
Kamala Harris : (16:47)
Susan Page: (16:47)
Please go ahead.
Kamala Harris : (16:49)
First of all, to the Mueller family, I know about your daughter’s case, and I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. What happened to her is awful and it should have never happened, and I know Joe feels the same way, and I know that president Obama feels the same way, but you mentioned Soleimani. Let’s start there. So, after the strike on Soleimani, there was a counter strike on our troops in Iraq, and they suffered serious brain injuries, and do you know what Donald Trump dismissed them as? Headaches. And this is about a pattern of Donald Trump’s where he has referred to our men who are serving in our military as suckers and losers. Donald Trump, who went to Arlington cemetery and stood above the graves of our fallen heroes and said, “What’s in it for them?” Because of course, he only thinks about what’s in it for him. Let’s take what he said about John McCain, a great American hero, and Donald Trump says, “He doesn’t deserve to be called a hero because it was a prisoner of war.”
Kamala Harris : (18:18)
Take, and this is very important when you want to talk about who is the current commander in chief and what they care about and what they don’t care about. Public reporting that Russia had bounties on the heads of American soldiers. And you know what a bounty is? It’s somebody puts a price on your head and they will pay it if you are killed, and Donald Trump had talked at least six times to Vladimir Putin and never brought up the subject. Joe Biden would never do that.
Susan Page: (18:51)
Kamala Harris : (18:53)
But Joe Biden would hold Russia to account for any threat to our nation security or to our troops who are sacrificing their lives for the sake of our democracy and our safety.
Susan Page: (19:07)
Thank you, Senator Harris. This is such an important issue, but we have other important issues as well. And I want to make sure we have a chance to talk about-
Mike Pence: (19:13)
I really have to respond to that. She has-
Susan Page: (19:16)
15 seconds, because we’re trying to keep-
Mike Pence: (19:19)
Well, I’ve got to have more then that. Look-
Susan Page: (19:19)
I’m sorry, Vice President, but you’ve had more time than she said so far-
Mike Pence: (19:23)
Slanders against President Donald Trump regarding men and women of our armed forces are absurd.
Susan Page: (19:31)
I’m sorry, Vice President Pence-
Mike Pence: (19:31)
My son is in captain in the United States Marine Corps. My son-in-law’s deployed in the United States Navy. I can assure all of you with sons and daughters serving in our military, President Donald Trump, not only respects, but reveres all of those who serve in our armed forces and any suggestion, otherwise is ridiculous. Let me also say the American people deserve to know-
Susan Page: (19:54)
Vice President Pence, I didn’t not create the rules for tonight-
Mike Pence: (19:59)
… Joe Biden [crosstalk 00:20:00].
Susan Page: (20:00)
… You’re campaigns agreed to the rules for tonight’s debate with the commission on president’s race. I’m here to enforce them, which involves moving from one topic to another giving roughly equal time to both of you, which is what I’m trying very hard to do.
Mike Pence: (20:13)
Go right ahead.
Susan Page: (20:14)
So, I want to go ahead and move to the next topic, which is an important one as the last topic was, and that is the Supreme Court. On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to open hearings on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme court. Senator Harris, you’ll be there as a member of the committee.
Kamala Harris : (20:32)
Susan Page: (20:32)
Her confirmation would submit the court’s conservative majority and make it likely open to more abortion restrictions, even to overturning the landmark Roe V Wade ruling. Access to abortion would then be up to the States. Vice President Pence, you’re the former governor of Indiana. If Roe V Wade is overturned, what would you want Indiana to do? Would you want your home state to ban all abortions? You have two minutes uninterrupted.
Mike Pence: (21:00)
Well, thank you for the question, but I’ll use a little bit of my time to respond to that very important issue before. The American people deserve to know Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general was responsible for the death of hundreds of American service members. When the opportunity came, we saw him headed to Baghdad to kill more Americans. President Trump didn’t hesitate and Qassem Soleimani is gone, but you deserve to know the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris actually criticized the decision to take out Qassem Soleimani. it’s really inexplicably, but with regard to Joe Biden, it’s explainable because history records a Joe Biden actually opposed the raid against a Osama bin Ladin. It’s absolutely essential that we have a commander in chief who will not hesitate to act to protect American lives and to protect American service members, and that’s what you have in President Donald Trump.
Mike Pence: (21:56)
Now with regard to the Supreme court-
Mike Pence: (22:09)
Mike Pence: (22:10)
… become Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and she’s a brilliant woman and she will bring a lifetime of experience and a sizeable American family to the Supreme court of the United States, and our hope is in the hearing next week, unlike Justice Cavenaugh received with treatment from you and others, that we hope she gets a fair hearing. And we particularly hope that we don’t see the kind of attacks on her Christian faith that we saw before. I mean, the Democrat chairman of the Judiciary Committee before, when Judge Barrett was being confirmed for the court of appeals, expressed concern that the dogma of her faith lived loudly and her, and Dick Durbin of Illinois said that it was a concern. Senator, I know one of our judicial nominees you actually attacked, because they were a member of the Catholic Knights of Columbus. Just because the Knights of Columbus holds pro-life views-
Susan Page: (23:06)
Thank you, Vice President. Your time is up.
Mike Pence: (23:07)
… And [crosstalk 00:23:06]. So, my hope is that when the hearing takes place that-
Susan Page: (23:09)
Thank you, Vice President Pence.
Mike Pence: (23:09)
… That Judge Amy Coney Barrett will be respectfully voted and confirmed into the Supreme court of the United States.
Susan Page: (23:17)
Thank you, Vice President Pence. Thank you. Senator Harris, you’re the Senator from and former Attorney General of California. So, let me ask you a parallel question to the one I posed to the Vice President. If Roe V Wade is overturned, what would you want California to do? Would you want your home state to enact no restrictions on access to abortion? And you have two minutes uninterrupted.
Kamala Harris : (23:37)
Thank you, Susan. First of all, Joe Biden and I are both people of faith, and it’s insulting to suggest that we would knock anyone for their faith, and in fact, Joe, if elected, will be only the second practicing Catholic as President of the United States. On the issue of this nomination, Joe and I are very clear, as are the majority of the American people, we are 27 days before the decision about who will be the next President of the United States, and before, when this conversation has come up, it’s been about election year or election time. We’re literally in an election. Over 4 million people have voted. People are in the process of voting right now. And so, Joe has been very clear, as the American people are, let the American people fill that seat in the White House. And then we’ll fill that seat on the United States Supreme court, and to your point, Susan, the issues before us, couldn’t be more serious. There’s the issue of choice and I will always fight for a woman’s right to make a decision about her own body.
Kamala Harris : (24:48)
It should be her decision and not that Donald Trump, and the Vice President, Michael Pence, but let’s also look at what else is before the court. It’s the Affordable Care Act like literally in the midst of a public health pandemic when over 210,000 people have died and 7 million people probably have what will be in the future considered a preexisting condition because you contracted the virus. Donald Trump is in court right now trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, and I said it before, and it bears repeating. This means that there will be no more protections if they win for people with pre-existing conditions. This means that over 20 million people will lose your coverage. It means that if you’re under the age of 26, you can’t stay on your parents’ coverage anymore, and here’s the thing. The contrast couldn’t be more clear. They’re trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.
Susan Page: (25:47)
Thank you, Senator-
Kamala Harris : (25:47)
Joe Biden is saying let’s expand coverage. Let’s give you a choice of a public option or private coverage. Let’s bring down premiums-
Susan Page: (25:55)
Thank you Senator Harris.
Kamala Harris : (25:55)
… Let’s lower Medicare eligibility to 60.
Susan Page: (25:57)
Thank you, Senator Harris.
Kamala Harris : (25:58)
That’s true leadership.
Susan Page: (26:00)
You’ve mentioned earlier, Vice President Pence, that the president was committed to maintaining protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but you do have this court case that you are supporting, your administration supporting that would strike down the Affordable Care Act. The president says, President Trump says that he’s going to protect people with preexisting conditions, but he has not explained how he would do that, and that was one of the toughest nuts to crack when they were passing the Affordable Care Act. So, tell us specifically, how would your administration protect Americans with preexisting conditions to have access to affordable insurance if the Affordable Care Act is struck down?
Mike Pence: (26:41)
Well, thank you, Susan, but let me just say, addressing your very first question. I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. I’m pro-life. I don’t apologize for it, and this is another one of those cases where there’s such a dramatic contrast. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support taxpayer funding of abortion all the way up to the moment of birth. Late term abortion. They want to increase funding to Planned Parenthood of America. For our part, I would never presume how Judge Amy Coney Barrett would rule on the Supreme Court of the United States, but we’ll continue to stand strong for the right to life. When you speak about the Supreme Court, though, I think the American people really deserve an answer, Senator Harris. Are you and Joe Biden going to pack the court if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed? I mean, there’ve been 29 vacancies on the Supreme Court during presidential election years from George Washington to Barack Obama.
Mike Pence: (27:42)
Presidents have nominated in all 29 cases, but your party is actually openly advocating, adding seats to the Supreme court, which has had nine seats for 150 years if you don’t get your way. This is a classic case of if you can’t win by the rules, you’re going to change the rules. Now you’ve refused to answer the question. Joe Biden has refused to answer the question-
Mike Pence: (28:03)
No, you’ve refused to answer the question. Joe Biden has refused to answer the question. So I think the American people would really like to know if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed at the Supreme Court of the United States. Are you and Joe Biden, if somehow you win this election, going to pack the Supreme Court to get your way?
Kamala Harris : (28:18)
I’m so glad we went through a little history lesson. Let’s do that a little more. In 1864-
Mike Pence: (28:25)
No, I’d like you to answer the question.
Susan Page: (28:25)
Kamala Harris : (28:26)
Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking, I’m speaking. Okay. In 1864, one of the, I think political heroes, certainly the President, I assume you also, Mr. Vice President, is Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was up for reelection and it was 27 days before the election. And a seat became open on the United States Supreme Court. Abraham Lincoln’s party was in charge, not only of the White House, but the Senate. But Honest Aid said, “It’s not the right thing to do. The American people deserve to make the decision about who will be the next president of the United States. And then that person can select who will serve for a lifetime on the highest court of our land.” And so Joe and I are very clear: the American people are voting right now and it should be their decision about who will serve on this most important body for a lifetime.
Susan Page: (29:29)
Thank you. Senator Harris-
Mike Pence: (29:30)
People, Susan, are voting right now. They’d like to know if you and Joe Biden are going to pack the Supreme Court if you don’t get your way in this nomination.
Kamala Harris : (29:39)
Let’s talk about packing-
Mike Pence: (29:40)
You, once again, gave a non-answer. Joe Biden gave a non-answer.
Kamala Harris : (29:44)
I’m trying to answer you now.
Mike Pence: (29:45)
You know the people deserve a straight answer, and if you haven’t figured it out yet, the straight answer is they are going to pack the Supreme Court if they somehow win this election. Men and women, I got to tell you people across this country, if you cherish our Supreme Court, if you cherish the separation of powers, you need to reject the Biden Harris ticket come November the third, reelect President Donald Trump, and we’ll stand by that separation powers in a nine seats Supreme Court.
Kamala Harris : (30:09)
Yeah. Let’s talk about packing the court then. Let’s talk about the fact.
Mike Pence: (30:12)
Kamala Harris : (30:13)
Yeah, I’m about to. So the Trump Pence administration has been, because I sit on the Senate judiciary committee, Susan as you mentioned, and I’ve witnessed the appointments for lifetime appointments to the federal courts, district courts, courts of appeal, people who are purely ideological, people who have been reviewed by legal professional organizations and found who have been not competent are substandard. And do you know that of the 50 people who President Trump appointed to the court of appeals for lifetime appointments, not one is black? This is what they’ve been doing. You want to talk about packing a court? Let’s have that discussion.
Susan Page: (30:59)
All right. Thank you. Thank you, Senator. Let’s go on and talk about the issue of racial justice.
Mike Pence: (31:04)
I just want the record to reflect she never answered the question. Maybe in the next debate Joe Biden will answer the question, but I think the American people know the answer.
Susan Page: (31:12)
Thank you, Vice President. In March, Breonna Taylor, a 26 year old emergency room technician in Louisville was shot and killed after police officers executing a search warrant in an aquatics investigation, broke into her apartment. The police said they identified themselves. Taylor’s boyfriend said he didn’t hear them do that. He used a gun registered to him to fire a shot, which wounded an officer. The officers then fired more than 20 rounds into the apartment. They say they were acting in self-defense. None of them have been indicted in connection with her death. Senator Harris, in the case of Breonna Taylor was justice done? You have two minutes.
Kamala Harris : (31:53)
I don’t believe so. And I’ve talked with Breonna’s mother, Tamika Palmer and her family and her family deserves justice. She was a beautiful young woman. She had as her life goal to become a nurse and she wanted to become an EMT to first learn what’s going on out on the street so she could then become a nurse and save lives. And her life was taken justifiably and tragically and violently. And it brings me to the eight minutes and 46 seconds that America witnessed during which an American man was tortured and killed under the knee of an armed uniformed police officer. And people around our country of every race, of every age, of every gender, perfect strangers to each other, marched shoulder to shoulder, arm in arm, fighting for us to finally achieve that ideal of equal justice under law. And I was a part of those peaceful protests.
Kamala Harris : (33:08)
And I believe strongly that first of all, we are never going to condone violence, but we always must fight for the values that we hold dear, including the fight to achieve our ideals. And that’s why Joe Biden and I have said on this subject, look, and I’m a former career prosecutor. I know what I’m talking about. Bad cops are bad for good cops. We need reform of our policing in America and our criminal justice system, which is why Joe and I will immediately ban choke holes and carotid holes. George Floyd would be alive today if we did that. We will require a national registry for police officers who break the law. We will, on the issue of criminal justice reform, get rid of private prisons and cash bail and we will decriminalize marijuana.
Susan Page: (33:59)
Thank you. Thank you, Senator Harris.
Kamala Harris : (33:59)
And we will expunge the records of those who have been convicted of marijuana. This is a time for leadership-
Susan Page: (34:05)
Thank you, Senator Harris.
Kamala Harris : (34:05)
on a tragic, tragic issue-
Susan Page: (34:08)
Senator Harris, your time is up.
Kamala Harris : (34:08)
Of honor on Black people in America who [crosstalk 00:34:11].
Susan Page: (34:10)
Thank you, Senator Harris. Vice President Pence, let me pose the same question to you. In the case of Breonna Taylor, was justice done? You have two minutes uninterrupted.
Mike Pence: (34:23)
Well, our heart breaks for the loss of any innocent American life and the family of Breonna Taylor has our sympathies. But I trust our justice system, a grand jury that refuse the evidence. And it really is remarkable that as a former prosecutor, you would assume that an impaneled grand jury looking at all the evidence, got it wrong. But you’re entitled to your opinion, Senator. I think, and with regard to George Floyd, there’s no excuse for what happened to George Floyd. Justice will be served, but there’s also no excuse for the rioting and looting that followed. I mean, it really is astonishing. Flora Westbrook is with us here tonight in Salt Lake city. Just a few weeks ago, I stood at what used to be her salon, it was burned to the ground by rioters and looters. And Flora is still trying to put her life back together.
Mike Pence: (35:27)
And I must tell you, this presumption that you hear consistently from Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, that America is systemically racist, and that as Joe Biden said that he believes that law enforcement has an implicit bias against minorities is a great insult to the men and women who serve in law enforcement. And I want everyone to know who puts on the uniform of law enforcement every day, President Trump and I stand with you. And it is remarkable that when Senator Tim Scott tried to pass a police reform bill, brought together a group of Republicans and Democrats, Senator Harris, you got up and walked out of the room and then you filibustered Senator Tim Scott’s bill on the Senate floor that would have provided new accountability, new repeat resources. We don’t have to choose between supporting law enforcement, proving public safety and supporting our African-American neighbors and all of our minorities. Under President Trump’s leadership-
Susan Page: (36:33)
Thank you, Vice President.
Mike Pence: (36:33)
We’ll always stand with law enforcement and we’ll do what we’ve done-
Susan Page: (36:36)
Vice President Pence, thank you. Your time is up.
Mike Pence: (36:38)
From day one, it is improve the lives of African-Americans, record unemployment, record investments in education.
Susan Page: (36:43)
Thank you, Vice President Pence. Vice President Pence, your time is up.
Mike Pence: (36:44)
We’ll fight for school choice for all of [crosstalk 00:36:46].
Kamala Harris : (36:46)
I’d like to respond.
Susan Page: (36:48)
Kamala Harris : (36:49)
I will not sit here and be lectured by the Vice President on what it means to enforce the laws of our country. The only one on this stage, who has personally prosecuted everything from child sexual assault to homicide. I’m the only one on this stage who has prosecuted the big banks for taking advantage of America’s homeowners. I am the only one on this stage who prosecuted for-profit colleges for taking advantage of our veterans.
Kamala Harris : (37:16)
And the reality of this is that we are talking about an election in 27 days where last week the President of the United States took a debate stage in front of 70 million Americans and refused to condemn white supremacists.
Mike Pence: (37:31)
Not. Not true.
Kamala Harris : (37:32)
And it wasn’t like he didn’t have a chance. He didn’t do it. And then he doubled down. And then he said, “when pressed, stand back, stand by.” And this is a part of a pattern of Donald Trump’s. He called Mexicans rapists and criminals. He instituted as his first act, a Muslim ban. He on the issue of Charlottesville, where people were peacefully protesting the need for racial justice, where a young woman was killed. And on the other side, there were neo-Nazis carrying Tiki torches, shouting racial epithets, anti-Semitic slurs. And Donald Trump when asked about it said, “There were fine people on both sides.” This is who we have as the President of the United States and America, you deserve better. Joe Biden will be a president who brings our country together-
Susan Page: (38:38)
Kamala Harris : (38:39)
And recognizes the beauty in our diversity and the fact that we all have so much more in common than what separates us.
Susan Page: (38:46)
Vice President let me give you a minute to respond.
Mike Pence: (38:49)
Thank you, Susan. I appreciate that very much. I think this is one of the things that makes people dislike the media so much in this country, Susan, is that you selectively edit just like Senator Harris did, comments that President Trump and I and others on our side made. I mean, Senator Harris conveniently admitted after the President made comments about people on either side of the debate over monuments, he condemned the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists and has done so repeatedly. You’re concerned that he doesn’t condemn neo-Nazis. President Trump has Jewish grandchildren. His daughter and son-in-law are Jewish. This is a President who respects and cherishes all of the American people.
Mike Pence: (39:37)
But you talk about having personally prosecuted. I’m glad you brought up your record, Senator.
Susan Page: (39:40)
Mike Pence: (39:42)
I really need to make this point. When you were DA in San Francisco, when you left office, African-Americans were 19 times more likely to be prosecuted for minor drug offenses than whites and Hispanics. When you were Attorney General of California, you increased the disproportionate incarceration of blacks in California.
Susan Page: (40:04)
Mike Pence: (40:04)
You did nothing on criminal justice reform in California. You didn’t lift a finger to pass the first step back on Capitol Hill. I mean, the reality is your record speaks for itself.
Susan Page: (40:15)
Thank you Vice President.
Mike Pence: (40:15)
President Trump and I have fought for criminal justice before-
Susan Page: (40:18)
Thank you Vice President.
Mike Pence: (40:19)
We fought for educational choice and opportunities for African-Americans and all of our members.
Susan Page: (40:23)
Thank you, sir.
Mike Pence: (40:24)
And we’ll do it for four more years.
Susan Page: (40:25)
Thank you. There is no more important issue than the final issue that we’re going to talk about tonight and that is the issue of the election itself.
Kamala Harris : (40:33)
But he attacked my record. I would like an opportunity to respond to.
Susan Page: (40:35)
Let me give you 30 seconds because we’re running out of time.
Kamala Harris : (40:39)
I appreciate that. First of all, having served as the Attorney General of the state of California, the work that I did is a model of what our nation needs to do, and we will be able to do under a Joe Biden presidency. Our agenda includes what this administration has failed to do. It will be about not only instituting a ban on choke holes and carotid holes-
Susan Page: (41:06)
Thank you. Thank you Senator Harris.
Kamala Harris : (41:07)
I would like to go through-
Susan Page: (41:09)
These are points that you made earlier in the hour. And I want to talk about the election itself before we have to [crosstalk 00:41:13].
Kamala Harris : (41:13)
But I want to talk about the connection between what Joe and I will do in my record, which includes I was the first statewide officer to institute a requirement that my agents would wear body cameras and keep them on full-time. We were the first to initiate a requirement that there would be a training for law enforcement on implicit bias because yes, Joe Biden and I recognize that implicit bias does exist, Mr. Vice President, contrary to what you may believe. We did the work of instituting reforms that were about investing in re-entry. This is the work that we have done and the work we will do going forward. And again, I will not be lectured by the Vice President on our record of what we have done in terms of law enforcement and keeping our community safe and a commitment to reforming the criminal justice system of America.
Susan Page: (42:03)
Thank you, Senator-
Kamala Harris : (42:03)
And a commitment to reforming the criminal justice system of America.
Susan Page: (42:03)
Thank you, Senator Harris. And I’d like you to respond first to the question on our final topic, the election itself. President Trump has several times refused to commit himself to a peaceful transfer of power after the election. If your ticket wins and president Trump refuses to accept a peaceful transfer of power, what steps would you and vice president Biden then take? What would happen next? You have two minutes.
Kamala Harris : (42:31)
So I’ll tell you. Joe and I are particularly proud of the coalition that we’ve built around our campaign. We probably have one of the broadest coalitions of folks that you’ve ever seen in a presidential race. Of course, we have the support of Democrats, but also independents and Republicans. In fact, seven members of president George W. Bush’s cabinet are supporting our ticket. We have the support of Colin Powell, Cindy McCain, John Kasich. Over 500 generals, retired generals and former national security experts and advisors are supporting our campaign. And I believe they are doing that because they know that Joe Biden has a deep, deep seated commitment to fight for our democracy, and to fight for the integrity of our democracy, and to bring integrity back to the White House. We believe in the American people, we believe in our democracy, and here’s what I’d like to say to everybody. Vote, please vote, vote early, come up with a plan to vote, go to Iwillvote.com. You can also go to Joebiden.com.
Kamala Harris : (43:44)
We have it within our power in these next 27 days to make the decision about what will be the course of our country for the next four years. And it is within our power, and if we use our vote and we use our voice, we will win. And we will not let anyone subvert our democracy with what Donald Trump has been doing as he did on the debate stage last week, when, again, in front of 70 million people, he openly attempted to suppress the vote. Joe Biden, on the other hand, on that same debate stage, because clearly Donald Trump doesn’t think he can run on a record because it’s a failed record, Joe Biden on that stage said, Hey, just please vote. So I’ll repeat what Joe said. Please vote.
Susan Page: (44:31)
Thank you, Senator. Vice president Pence, president Trump has several times refused to commit himself to a peaceful transfer of power after the election. If vice president Biden is declared the winner and president Trump refuses to accept a peaceful transfer of power, what would be your role and responsibility as vice president? What would you personally do? You have two minutes.
Mike Pence: (44:55)
Well, Susan, first and foremost, I think we’re going to win this election. Because while Joe Biden and Kamala Harris rattle off a long litany of the establishment in Washington, DC and establishment that Joe Biden’s been a part of for 47 years, president Donald Trump has as launched a movement of everyday Americans from every walk of life. And I have every confidence that the same Americans that delivered that historic victory in 2016, they see this president’s record where we rebuild our military. We revived our economy through tax cuts and rolling back regulation, fighting for fair trade, unleashing American energy. We appointed conservatives to our federal courts at every level. And we stood with the men and women of law enforcement every single day. And I think that movement of Americans has only grown stronger in the last four years.
Mike Pence: (45:44)
But when you talk about accepting the outcome of the election, I must tell you. Senator, your party has spent the last three and a half years trying to overturn the results of the last election. It’s amazing. When Joe Biden was vice president of the United States, the FBI actually spied on president Trump and my campaign. I mean, there were documents released this week that the CIA actually made a referral to the FBI, documenting that those allegations were coming from the Hillary Clinton campaign. And of course, we’ve all seen the avalanche, what you put the country through for the better part of three years, until it was found that there was no obstruction, no collusion, case closed. And then Senator Harris, you and your colleagues in the Congress tried to impeach the president of the United States over a phone call. And now Hillary Clinton has actually said to Joe Biden that, in her words, under no circumstances, should he concede the election.
Mike Pence: (46:46)
So let me just say, I think we’re going to win this election. President Trump and I are fighting every day in courthouses to prevent Joe Biden and Kamala Harris from changing the rules and creating this universal mail in voting that’ll create a massive opportunity for voter fraud. And we have a free and fair election. We know we’re going to have confidence in it. And I believe in all my heart that president Donald Trump is going to be reelected for four more years.
Susan Page: (47:09)
I’ve written all the questions that I’ve asked tonight, but for the final question of the debate, I’d like to read a question that someone else wrote. The Utah Debate Commission asked students in the state to write essays about what they would like to ask you. And I want to close tonight’s debate with the question posed by [Brecklin 00:47:29] Brown. She’s an eighth grader at Springville Junior High in Springville, Utah. And here’s what she wrote. “When I watch the news, all I see is arguing between Democrats and Republicans. When I watch the news, all I see is citizen fighting against citizen. When I watch the news, all I see are two candidates from opposing parties trying to tear each other down. If our leaders can’t get along, how are the citizens supposed to get along?” And then she added, “Your examples could make all the difference to bring us together.” So to each of you in turn, I’d like you to take one minute and respond to Brecklin. Vice president Pence, you have one minute.
Mike Pence: (48:13)
Brecklin, it’s a wonderful question. And let me just commend you for taking an interest in public life. I started following the news when I was very young. And in America, we believe in a free and open exchange of debate. And we celebrate that. It’s how we’ve created literally the freest and most prosperous nation in the history of the world. I would tell you that, don’t assume that what you’re seeing on your local news networks is synonymous with the American people.
Mike Pence: (48:53)
I look at the relationship between Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the late justice who we just lost from the Supreme Court, and the late justice Antonin Scalia. They were on polar opposites on the Supreme Court of the United States. One very liberal one, very conservative. But what’s been learned since her passing was the two of them and their families were the very closest of friends. Here 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. And that’s what people do, in big cities and small towns all across this country. So I just want to encourage you, Brecklin. I want to tell you that we’re going to work every day to have government as good as our people, and the American people each and every day. Love a good debate. We love a good argument. But we always come together and are always there for one another in times of need. And we’ve especially learned that through the difficulties of this year.
Susan Page: (49:51)
Thank you, vice president. Senator Harris, what would you say to Brecklin?
Kamala Harris : (49:58)
First of all, I love hearing from our young leaders. And when I hear her words, when I hear your words, Brecklin, I know our future is bright because it is that perspective on who we are and who we should be that is a sign of leadership, and is something we should all aspire to be.
Kamala Harris : (50:17)
And brings me to Joe, Joe Biden. One of the reasons that Joe decided to run for president is after Charlottesville, which we talked about earlier. It so troubled him and upset him like it did all of us, that there was that kind of hate and division. What propelled Joe to run for president was to see that over the course of the last four years, what Brecklin described has been happening.
Kamala Harris : (50:44)
Joe has a longstanding reputation of working across the aisle, and working in a bipartisan way. And that’s what he’s going to do as president. Joe Biden has a history of lifting people up and fighting for their dignity. You have to know Joe’s story to know that Joe has known pain. He has known suffering. And he has known love.
Kamala Harris : (51:10)
Brecklin, when you think about the future, I do believe the future is bright. And it will be because of your leadership, and it will be because we fight for each person’s voice through their vote. And we get engaged in this election, because you have the ability through your work and through, eventually, your vote, to determine the future of our country and what its leadership looks like.
Susan Page: (51:37)
Thank you, Senator Harris. Thank you, vice president Pence. Thank you so much for being with us tonight.
Susan Page: (51:42)
We want to thank also the University of Utah for its hospitality. And most of all, our thanks to all the Americans who watched this debate tonight. Again, our best wishes for a quick recovery to president Trump, the First Lady, and everyone who is battling COVID-19. The second presidential debate is next week on October 15, a town hall style debate in Miami. We hope you’ll join us then. Good evening. ##
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