Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., went head to head Oct. 7 in the first and only vice presidential debate of the general election. The incumbent and his Democratic challenger shared the stage at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City with moderator Susan Page of USA Today.
The 90-minute debate, which started at 9 p.m. EDT, was split into nine 10-minute segments, with no ad breaks.
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After a raucous debate last week, the independent Commission on Presidential Debates put out a statement saying, “additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues” and said it would “announce those measures shortly.” However, the CPD has not yet announced any changes.
President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 just days after the first presidential debate with former Vice President Joe Biden, which has called into question the existing safety measures in place at the debate location. Trump and Biden were just seven feet apart from each other on stage last Tuesday, and Trump staffers and family members refused to wear masks inside the venue last week. Cleveland officials have already traced 11 cases of COVID-19 to the debate. In response to a request from the Biden team, the CPD has agreed to seat Pence and Harris 12 feet apart. The CPD has also decided to separate Pence and Harris with a plexigless barrier, the NewsHour has confirmed, though Pence pushed back against the idea.
Wednesday’s debate was the second of the election cycle but the only one between the vice presidential candidates. The first presidential debate took place Sept. 29. The next debate is still scheduled to take place Oct. 15 in Miami, moderated by C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully, but it’s unclear now whether it will move forward given the president’s illness. That debate is to be a town hall format, with candidates taking questions from voters. The third debate is scheduled for Oct. 22 at Belmont University in Nashville, to be moderated by NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, returning to the six-segment format of the first debate.
PBS NewsHour will show all the debates live on air and streaming online.
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