One of the things I look for during the Vice Presidential Debate is whether both people are ready to be commander-in-chief if, God forbid, something terrible happens to the president. Tonight, Mike Pence’s mastery of the issues and his calmness even when Sen. Harris criticized left no doubt whether he’d be able to step in and do a great job without missing a beat. That can’t be said of Kamala Harris. She was thrown off often.

On the issue of COVID, Vice President Pence talked about the Obama-Biden administration got everything wrong about the Swine Flu but lucked out because it wasn’t as deadly as COVID. Pence then said that 60,000,000 people got the Swine Flu, not the 7,500,000 who’ve gotten COVID. Pence then finished by saying that had the Swine Flu had been as lethal as COVID is, there would’ve been 2,000,000 deaths, not 210,000:

The other hard shot Vice President Pence landed was when he compared the Biden-Harris plan to the Trump-Pence plan:

Sen. Harris has a tell when she’s pinned down on something. She starts smiling that nervous smile. Then she shakes her head side-to-side like she’s saying no. She did that often after the first segment. As Vice President Pence took command of the debate, Sen. Harris did that at least once per segment.

Sen. Harris did that on tax policy. Sen. Harris especially did that on fracking. Sen. Harris got trapped often on policy, often saying ‘Vice President Biden has been consistent about’ or ‘Vice President Biden has been quite clear’ about a topic where he’d flip-flopped. This was especially true about the Trump tax cuts and fracking.

One thing that became clear throughout the debate was that Sen. Harris is very artificial. When she got ready for one of her pre-rehearsed lines, she’d look into the camera, then started speaking with a bit of a lilt in her voice. Sen. Harris’s pre-rehearsed lines were intended to be kill-shots. None of them had the impact that she’d hoped they would.

Vice President Pence’s training as a radio talk show host shined through. When co-debater Susan Page interrupted, Vice President Pence talked right through her and finished his point. Vice President Pence was a man on a mission and he was focused like a laser. That Page often interrupted him when he ran long didn’t bother him.

Perhaps Pence’s hardest-hitting line was when he criticized Sen. Harris, saying “The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if a vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think is unconscionable. Senator, I just ask you: Stop playing politics with people‚Äôs lives.

Vice President Pence was the only person on that stage that I’d trust to step into the job of commander-in-chief. Sen. Harris simply isn’t ready for that daunting assignment.

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