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  • US Vice Presidential Candidates Spar Over Virus In Only Debate

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R) and his Democratic challenger Kamala Harris clash during their first and only debate on Oct. 7, 2020.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R) and his Democratic challenger Kamala Harris clash during their first and only debate on Oct. 7, 2020.
[Anchor]

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his Democratic challenger Kamala Harris traded attacks in their only debate ahead of the elections.

On Wednesday night in Utah, the candidates clashed over the economy, foreign policy, healthcare and racial justice.

Harris criticized the Trump administration's coronavirus response as the greatest failure in presidential history while Pence accused her of undermining confidence in an eventual vaccine.

The BBC's Peter Bowes reports.

[Reporter]

For the most part, this was a more orderly and respectful encounter than last week's debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

But there were heated clashes between the two candidates, who were separated by two plexiglass dividers and seated almost four meters apart.

The coronavirus dominated the first section with Mike Pence accusing Kamala Harris of undermining public confidence when she said she would not take a vaccine if told to do so by President Trump.

Mr. Pence avoided answering the question about whether he talked to the president about succeeding him if he were to become too ill or disabled and unable to carry out his duties.

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