November is closer than you might think, which not only shows how crazy this year has been, but also a reminder that there is a lot to look forward to in the coming months. Before going to the polls on November 3, a parcel things are going to happen. We’ve got the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, Debate Debates, and lots of prep work to do (you can start by registering to vote and finding out about your state’s deadlines).
The presidential and vice-presidential debates are designed to show voters each candidate’s agendas and give each side a chance to argue that their agenda will be better for the country. Historically, there are many presidential debates and only one vice-presidential meeting, although the first has yet to be confirmed. Coming up, here’s everything you need to know about the Unique VP Event.
Where is the vice-presidential debate?
Debate will be at Kingsbury Hall on President’s Circle at University Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Presidential Debates Committee co-chair Frank J. Fahrenkopf said the event would be smaller than usual. According to Salt Lake City Grandstand, there will be no more than 150 to 200 people on site.
According to the website, the university is currently looking for volunteers (mostly university students) to help as hostesses, runners, and media staff, among others.
Who moderates the debate?
The CPD announced on September 2 that the Washington bureau chief for USA TODAY will oversee the debate. It will be the first time that she has organized such an event.
She is covered the White House for four decades and through six presidencies and now covers his 11th presidential campaign. “Debates are a crucial part of making our democracy work, and I am honored to be part of them,” Page told USA TODAY.
Just days after the announcement, it was revealed in an investigation by Politics This page threw a party in late 2018 for Seema Verma, who heads the Trump administration’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. She reportedly paid more than $ 4,000 out of pocket to cover catering and other hospitality costs.
USA today Spokeswoman for Chrissy Terrell said the event was “to honor women on both sides of the aisle doing remarkable things” and was “well within the ethical standards our journalists are expected to uphold” .
There have been calls for Page to leave debate because of the report’s findings, but for now, she’s still said to be the moderator of the event.
What COVID precautions will be taken during the debate?
Following President Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis, the CPD announced multiple changes to the vice-presidential debate. At the request of the Biden-Harris, Pence and Harris campaign will be 12 feet apart instead of the previously agreed seven feet. The Biden-Harris team argued when they asked some medical professionals to recommend a greater separation distance when spending long periods indoors. Masks will also be compulsory.
The CPD is also said to have approved the use of plexiglass as a barrier between the two during the debate, for Politics. This is not the first time that plexiglass will be used in a debate setting: last weekend, Republican Senator from South Carolina Lindsay Graham and Democratic opponent Jaime Harrison used plexiglass partition.
Not everyone supported the proposed change at the time, Harris’s team supported it, but Pence’s not. “If Senator Harris wants to use a fortress around her, do so,” said Katie Miller, spokesperson for Pence.
It should be noted that Pence was not forced to self-quarantine following news of Trump’s diagnosis. Jesse Schonau, Pence’s doctor, released a statement on October 2, saying the vice president was not considered “close contact” with the president and had tested negative for the virus.
The statement read: “As directed by the Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention] (CDC), the vice president is not considered close contact with people who test positive for COVID, including President Donald J. Trump. Vice President Mike Pence doesn’t need to quarantine himself. Vice President Mike Pence remains in good health and is free to go about his normal business. “
How can you watch the VP debate?
The debate will begin at 9 p.m. ET and run for 90 minutes with no commercial breaks. You will be able to watch it on all major cable networks such as CBS, ABC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox, Fox News, NBC and MSNBC. If you’re a cable cutter like me and still want to watch, you will be able to stream it for free on YouTube.
The official debate site has previously indicated that tickets will be extremely difficult to find if available, as most of them will only be available to University of Utah students. The Presidential Debates Commission has already indicated that they will be work closely with the Cleveland Clinic to determine what will be protocol-safe.
“We are convinced that a positive person will not be able to enter the debate room or this difficult perimeter that you find yourself in right now around our campus. And that’s nobody, ”Alison Flynn Gaffney, executive director of university health care for the debate, told the News from Déseret.
What to expect from the debate?
During her time on the debate stage as a full-fledged presidential candidate, Harris made a name for herself with her piercing questions (in part thanks to her history as a prosecutor), and one of her targets was in makes his current running mate. Joe Biden on the breed. Her remarks helped her stand out in a crowded area, and audiences expect to see more of them during the debate.
This New York Times item goes into great detail about what could be discussed – and more intriguingly, how the debate can unfold – but particular emphasis has been placed on health issues, on which Harris’ position has changed (but also the administration); Harris’ long and varied experience as Attorney General; and Harris’ sharp questioning of Attorney General William Barr to the Senate Judiciary Committee, among others.
Harris and Pence are probably working at appeal to different voting demographics (Harris has spoken out in favor of working-class voters, the elderly, and middle-class families in his public appearances so far, while Pence appeals to conservative Christians), so this will likely result in some downsides as well. Very different positions on the issues facing the nation, including COVID-19, the economy, the climate crisis, racial justice, and gun control.
Since Harris is known for her debate skills, many key Democratic figures are looking for her to shine in the debate and really make a statement. But some people warn that we need to get Harris off the high pedestal they put her on.
“I think Kamala suffers from too high expectations in terms of performance from the debate with Pence”, noted Former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill on David Plouffe’s podcast earlier this month. “I think we all like that we need to take a deep breath and stop saying, ‘I can’t wait for Kamala to debate Pence. “It won’t be like that. It won’t be that Pence bleeds on the floor when Kamala is done. So we need to lower expectations for Kamala and keep expectations for Biden low.”
Harris is said to be preparing for the debates by training with former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg posing as Pence in mock debates, according to Bloomberg. Two people backstage told the outlet, “because of his familiarity with the vice president” since Buttigieg was mayor of South Bend when Pence was governor of Indiana.
Please come back here later – we’ll keep this page updated – or keep an eye out for any announcements from the Presidential Debates Commission.