On Wednesday, October 7th, the first and only Vice-Presidential debate took place between the candidates: current Vice President Mike Pence and California Senator Kamala Harris.
When I perused social media post-debate, I found a very interesting contrast. Many that openly belong to the political left loved Senator Harris’ “fire and sass,” characterized by her commonly used phrase “I’m speaking.” Many that openly belong to the political right disliked Harris’s attitude.
I criticize conservatives for falling into the same narrative democrats revert to. I was bummed that conservatives reverted to this tactic of attacking a candidate’s personality when it suited them.
It would appear that personality comes down to a matter of personal preference. I did not like Trump’s constant interruption during the presidential debate, but I also did not like Harris’ smirking, eye-rolling, and attitude during the vice-presidential debate. I thought Pence was a class-act. It affected how I looked at the candidates but didn’t blind me so I couldn’t see past it.
But you may disagree with my personal preference, and that’s fine. So, if we throw out personality since that comes down to personal preference, then what are we left with?
The question we should be asking is what policies are best for the American people? Fortunately, we had a nice dose of policy in the vice-presidential debate. Unfortunately, we are unsure if the policies presented during the debate are one hundred percent accurate.
For example, there is footage of Kamala Harris saying this year, “There’s no question that I’m in favor of banning fracking.” Source: Video (0:35). There is also footage of Joe Biden saying a similar thing during a Democratic Presidential debate, “No more – no new fracking.” Source: Video. Yet, during last week’s debate, Harris’ said, “He has been very clear about that. Joe Biden will not end fracking.” She even later repeats, “Alright, 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.” Source: Transcript. This all sounds a bit confusing, what is their stance on fracking?
In addition to this overt contradiction, I found that Kamala Harris avoided a few targeted questions during the debate. To be fair, both her and Pence avoided the discussion regarding the presence of safeguards if the President dies. This is important because whoever wins will be Vice President to the oldest President in American history (Trump, 74, Biden 77).
Harris also declined to account for her past support of the Green New Deal, as she co-sponsored the Green New Deal in Congress. When asked the question directly, she side-stepped answering if she supports the Green New Deal or not.
She declined to answer if she supports lifting all restrictions on abortions. Her only specific reference to abortion was, “There’s the issue of choice, and I will always fight for a woman’s right to make a decision about her own body.” Source: Transcript
And, she avoided the question regarding “packing the court” if Amy Coney Barrett were to be confirmed to the Supreme Court.
These are big issues on America’s mind. What will Kamala Harris look like as President of the United States? Does she support the Green New Deal? Will she roll back all restrictions on abortions? Will she pack the Supreme Court? When allowed to directly address the American public on such issues, she skirted around them. This avoidance should not be ignored and should be a red flag to the American people.
- One’s view of a candidate’s personality comes down to personal preference. One should not let this blind their critical thinking and voting.
- Kamala Harris avoided some big topics during the debate instead of explicitly informing the American public where she and Biden stand on certain policies.