Kamala Harris and Mike Pence clash over coronavirus response in vice-presidential debate

Pence defended the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic while Harris called it ‘the greatest failure of any presidential administration’

Vice-President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris clashed over the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus in the only vice-presidential debate of the 2020 election, at a moment of extraordinary uncertainty for the US in the wake of the president’s hospitalization for Covid-19.

“The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country,” Harris said in her opening comments to Pence, who leads the White House’s coronavirus task force. “This administration has forfeited their right to re-election.”

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