Kamala Harris and Mike Pence Set to Debate as Virus Spreads at White House

(Bloomberg) — Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will take the stage Wednesday night under extraordinary circumstances that will elevate the oft-forgotten vice presidential debate to the highest-stakes running mate matchup in years.

With President Donald Trump fresh out of the hospital but still battling the coronavirus, both Pence and Harris will have to reassure voters that they can step into the presidency if either of the septuagenarians who top the tickets become incapacitated.

A week after Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden squared off in a combative and chaotic debate, Pence and Harris will meet at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City under dramatically different circumstances. Not only have the safety precautions become stricter since at least 10 people who live or work at the White House have become infected, but the tone is expected to be more civil as well.



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The debate will be divided into nine discussion categories, each lasting about 10 minutes.

Although the Trump campaign opposed it, Harris’s staff won an argument to have a plexiglass shield separating her and Pence, who has tested negative for the virus that sent Trump to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for three days. The candidates will be a little more than 12 feet (3.7 meters) apart, and the moderator, Susan Page of USA Today, will also be that distance, the Commission on Presidential Debates said Monday.

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Anyone who refuses to wear a mask will be “escorted out,” the commission said. The first family and some of Trump’s guests refused to wear masks at last week’s debate.

“This VP debate will get a lot more attention than they usually do,” said Charlie Black, a veteran Republican strategist. “So it’s an opportunity for both candidates. I actually expect a good debate. Pence does a good job of presenting the president’s case, his accomplishments and his ideas in a calm, measured manner. Harris has proved to be a good debater.”

The candidates are also less likely to sling the ad hominem attacks that highlighted the Sept. 29 debate in Cleveland between Trump and Biden. Harris will have to restrain the punches she used in her own presidential run.

She has re-upped some of her lines since joining the Biden ticket, including calling Trump a “predator.” But with the president just a day or so out of the hospital, she is expected to shelve those attacks. That doesn’t mean she’ll hold back on criticizing the administration for what Democrats say is a gross mismanagement of the pandemic, especially given that Pence leads the White House coronavirus task force.

“It’s the perfect microcosm for the failure of the Trump administration on coronavirus,” Democratic strategist Joel Payne said. “They became their own super spreader. They didn’t follow best practices. Harris can really effectively use this last week as exhibit A of why Trump and Pence are dangerous and

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Mindy Kaling Has the Same Kitchen Storage Trick as Kamala Harris’ Mother

Every culture has a few things that are unique to them. In Mindy Kaling‘s home, she carries on the traditions that her mother and father instilled in her as an Indian-American woman. When Kaling invited Sen. Kamala Harris into her kitchen last year, the two instantly bonded over the things they had in common.

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Mindy Kaling’s mother and Kamala Harris’ mother led similar lives

While chopping vegetables and reminiscing about their childhoods, Mindy Kaling and Kamala Harris look back on how their mothers shaped them to be the women they are today. Harris is the first Black woman and first person of South Asian descent to be nominated to a major party ticket. Both Harris and Kaling’s mothers shattered norms at the time that they were raising their children in that they weren’t just relegated to a housewife role, and went out and worked every day.

“What’s interesting about Indian women of a certain generation is that you had to do both,” Kaling notes. Kaling’s mother Swati Chokalingam was a doctor who woke up at 5 a.m. to see patients at the hospital and cooked dinner for her family before she left the house every day.

Similar to Chokalingam, Harris’ mother Shyamala Gopalan was also a medical professional. Harris echoes Kaling’s sentiment, saying she would come home from school every day to find fresh baked cookies while her mother was still at work.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), running mate of Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden, attends a coronavirus briefing
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Both Mindy Kaling and Kamala Harris’ families are from the same part of India

Mindy Kaling notes that both her family and Harris’ mother’s family hail from South India. Harris smiles and tells Kaling “You look like the entire one-half of my family,” to which she replies, “I’ve been telling people we’re related already so this is perfect!”

Vegetarian cuisine was what they both grew up with as a result of the meatless diet of South India’s large Hindu population. Despite this, Harris sheepishly admits to Kaling that she’s never made dosas, which is what Kaling invited her over to make. Kaling describes them as a sort of “sourdough crêpe” filled with different vegetables, and she shows the VP nominee her way of making them — albeit, she embarrassingly concedes, with pre-made mix.

At one point, Kaling’s father walks into the house, and Harris couldn’t contain herself. She happily greets him and calls him “uncle,” and they begin to talk about India. Harris recounts her childhood trips spent with her grandparents in Besant Nagar, a beachside neighborhood in Chennai, India.

Mindy Kaling has one unique thing in common with Kamala Harris’ mother

When Kamala Harris walked into Mindy Kaling’s kitchen, she was immediately taken aback by what she saw. Kaling had put spices, seasonings, dal, and other things into old Nescafé Taster’s Choice instant coffee jars. Harris was ecstatic and shocked because

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Kamala Harris visits Supreme Court to pay tribute to ‘titan’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg; calls on Dems to win Senate and White House

Kamala Harris stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court Saturday to pay tribute to “titan” Ruth Bader Ginsburg — and show she’s ready to fight for the iconic liberal justice’s legacy.



a group of people walking down the street: Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris (L) and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, stop in front of a memorial outside the US Supreme Court as the US mourns the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Ginsburg died September 18, opening a crucial vacancy on the high court expected to set off a pitched political battle at the peak of the presidential campaign.


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Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris (L) and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, stop in front of a memorial outside the US Supreme Court as the US mourns the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Ginsburg died September 18, opening a crucial vacancy on the high court expected to set off a pitched political battle at the peak of the presidential campaign.

The Democratic vice presidential candidate joined throngs of mourners outside the court building in Washington D.C. as she quickly moved to shape the looming, titanic partisan battle over replacing Ginsburg.

“The stakes of this election couldn’t be higher,” Harris tweeted after offering prayers for Ginsburg and her grieving family. “Millions of Americans are counting on us to win and protect the Supreme Court—for their health, for their families, and for their rights.”

With early voting underway in five states and Election Day just over six weeks away, Democrats and Republicans were largely unified late Friday in praising Ginsburg as a leading legal thinker and advocate for women’s rights. But strategists in both parties also seized on the moment to find an advantage.

According to the Associated Press, multiple Republicans close to the White House believe that Trump will likely nominate a woman, who could serve as a counterweight of sorts to Biden’s choice of running mate Kamala Harris, who would be the first woman to serve as vice president.

Trump himself did not immediately comment on replacing Ginsburg.

Republicans hold a 53-47 edge in the Senate and Vice President Mike Pence could cast a tie-breaking vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. But several GOP senators have expressed various degrees of uneasiness with the idea of jamming a replacement through so close to a presidential election.

“We cannot let them win this fight,” said Harris in a statement to supporters on Saturday. “Millions of Americans are counting on us to stand up, right now, and fight like hell to protect the Supreme Court — not just for today, but for generations to come.“

“The work of holding Senate Republicans accountable to the standard they set in 2016 starts now. To Joe and me, it is clear: The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg.”

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