The only debate between Vice Presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Mike Pence during the 2020 campaign is Wednesday night, October 7th at 9:00 p.m. The University of Utah’s Kingsbury Hall will play host, and Susan Page of USA Today will be the moderator, guiding the candidates through nine topics of her choosing.
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Here’s our picks for how to answer all nine questions at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Who will be the first to speak?
- Mike Pence
- Kamala Harris
No one has told the media who won the coin toss and will receive the first question yet, which was announced before the first Presidential debate. At some point today that should come out somewhere, and that’s when we’ll change this default answer.
Which candidate will interrupt the other first?
- Kamala Harris interrupts Mike Pence
- Mike Pence interrupts Kamala Harris
- Neither candidate is interrupted
Pence was pretty passive in his lone debate with Tim Kaine in 2016, and is known as someone that tends to respect the process. There won’t be a lot of interruptions here, but we’re going to lightly side with Harris here. Her work as a career prosecutor, and in her examinations of witnesses in the Senate, she has shown she is no shrinking violet.
Who will be mentioned first by either candidate?
- Donald Trump
- Joe Biden
Elections are referendums on incumbents, and this one particularly points to that old axiom. Harris will spend most of the debate prosecuting the case against Donald Trump, and we think that happens early and often. It might also occur with Harris wishing the President well as he recovers from Covid-19.
Which topic will the first question address?
- Supreme Court
- Coronavirus pandemic
- Race Issues
- The Economy / Jobs / Taxes
- Two or more of the listed topics
- None of the listed topics
There’s a global pandemic which has directly affected the leader of the free world and his staff. We’ll be stunned if that isn’t the lead topic chosen by Page.
Which foreign country will be mentioned first by either candidate?
- North Korea
- None of these countries are mentioned
Between the virus (often called the Chinese virus by Republicans such as Pence) and the trade deals between the world’s most populous nation and the USA often a subject of debate, we’ll go with China.
Which candidate will reference Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett first?
- Mike Pence
- Neither mentions Barrett
- Kamala Harris
This could go either way, but we think Pence does in an appeal to his conservative base about the importance of re-electing a Republican. The lifetime appointments to the judicial bench has been one of Trump’s signature successes, and we think Pence emphasizes that first.
Which American city will be mentioned first by either candidate?
- New York City
- None are mentioned
Another very tough one, but we’ll pick Harris while bringing up the protests in Kenosha around the shooting of Jacob Blake, or the shootings by Kyle Rittenhouse of protestors.
Which phrase will be used first by either candidate?
- “Affordable Care Act”
- Neither will be used
It’s usually “Affordable Care Act” on first mention, so we say that’s how it will be referenced by Harris when mentioning that 20 million people might lose their health insurance if it is overturned.
Which former President will be mentioned first by either candidate?
- Barack Obama
- Bill Clinton
- Ronald Reagan
- George W. Bush
- George H.W. Bush
- None will be mentioned
The Trump administration in many ways serves as a repudiation of President Obama’s, and both candidates will likely want to draw the contrast, but in a different light.