Pence, Harris spar over pandemic response, taxes in debate

Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) clashed on Wednesday over President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in their only debate before the November election.

Harris called Trump’s response to the pandemic, which has killed 212,000 in the U.S., “the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country.”

Pence said Trump had led “the greatest national mobilization since World War II.”

Pence said Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would raise taxes “on day one.”

Harris said Biden would raise taxes only on people making more than $400,000 a year.

The candidates also had tense but respectful exchanges over climate change and the Supreme Court, contrasting Trump’s chaotic debate with Biden last week.

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