Biden approaches peak lead as Pence didn't help Trump with women (or flies)

There was that perceptible ‘splaining tone which is much like Mike Pence calling his wife “Mother”. Pence did himself no favors trying to bully the moderator, Susan Page. And Trump claims he received from COVID, “a blessing from God”. The real blessing is that KO is back on the politics beat:

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Chelsea Janes @chelsea_janes “A white man just told a Black woman that saying there is systemic racism in the criminal justice system is “an insult” as a fly landed on his head, and that is all I'll say about that.”

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— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) October 8, 2020

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— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) October 8, 2020

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— Cultural Marxism, PhD (@polusyroy) October 8, 2020

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— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) October 8, 2020

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— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 8, 2020

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Right off the bat, Harris effectively made the case against Trump and Pence’s response to the pandemic, citing statistics to reflect the administration’s colossal failures. Asked what the Biden administration would do to control the pandemic, Harris pointed to the reality that the president and Pence, the leader of the coronavirus task force, knew about the severity of the threat in January and didn’t take appropriate action. After addressing the more than 200,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19, Pence had little to offer but empty condolences. “You’ll always be in our hearts.” Rather than answering for the administration’s failed pandemic response, Pence repeatedly referred to “the American people,” pinning responsibility onto individuals as the White House has throughout the pandemic. He emphasized freedom of choice, regardless of whether those choices are in the interest of public health. “Let’s talk about respecting the American people,” Harris shot back. “You respect the American people when you tell them the truth.” She concluded that, based on their bungling of the pandemic, “this administration has forfeited their right to reelection.”

Harris’s responses to being interrupted by Pence—something that happened often—were standout moments. “Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking, ok?” Harris said at one point. “If you don’t mind letting me finish, we can have a conversation.”

Pence also tried shifting the focus to China, twice praising Trump’s ineffective travel ban at the beginning of the pandemic. “Whatever the vice president is claiming the administration has done, clearly it hasn’t worked,” Harris shot back. When Harris said she would only take a vaccine if experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci approved it, Pence offered a distorted reading of her remarks. “Stop playing politics with people’s lives,” he said, adding that Harris’s so-called “undermining” of a vaccine is “unacceptable.” Pence avoided answering whether voters have a right to know about Trump’s medical history, while Harris made a strong pivot from Trump’s lack of medical transparency to his unprecedented refusal to release his tax records. “It would be really good to know who the commander-in-chief owes money to,” she said, noting the New York Times’ investigation revealing he owed more than $400 million.

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— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 8, 2020

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— Cory Elia (@TheRealCoryElia) October 8, 2020

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— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 8, 2020

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— Data for Progress (@DataProgress) October 7, 2020

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— The Hill (@thehill) October 7, 2020

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— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 8, 2020

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— Sam Stein (@samstein) October 8, 2020

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— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) October 8, 2020

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— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 8, 2020

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