For example, regarding Trump’s push for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, Pence has called this �unconstitutional.� The two also seem to be at odds on the issue of trade.

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Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis. INSKEEP: NPR senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro is here to discuss all that. You want to talk about packing a court, let's have that discussion. Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris had their only debate Wednesday in Salt Lake City, with the COVID-19 outbreak at the White House as a major backdrop. What happens if the US election result is delayed.

In fact, Trump and Pence have a history of disagreement that is already being exposed as a weakness very early in their relationship.

He was directly asked by the moderator, one of many just unanswered questions last night, and it was a question of why.

On Saturday, July 16th, Donald Trump made his most grand attempt yet to quiet the noise and clamor within a Republican Party that has continued to question his Conservative values by formally announcing his pick for a running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Democracy is in peril. But once again, Senator Harris is denying the fact that they're going to raise taxes on every American. Trump and Pence think it's an issue that make Biden and Harris look out of step with the middle of the electorate. Copyright © 2020 NPR. And overall, look, in terms of the campaign on style, this debate was probably a push. He's the chair of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and he came back at Harris by defending Trump's cheerleading on the pandemic and why essentially there hasn't been a top-down national plan. For example, President Trump has refused to call for a nationwide mask mandate. Will we see the hardened heart of Ramses II or a new Moses?

We're told now this will be a virtual debate, not face to face.

INSKEEP: Well, since we've changed the subject to taxes, let's stay there for a moment, Domenico Montanaro, because there was some disagreement between the candidates on what the Biden tax plan actually would be.

And Harris, who is a former prosecutor, really tried to deliver an indictment of Trump's handling of it. But the source of their grievances doesn’t matter. Trump is against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Pence has supported the idea.

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"Rather than being straight with the American people and creating a national plan to fix the problem," Clyburn continued, "the president and his enablers kept these alarming reports private while publicly downplaying the threat to millions of Americans.". Delivered to your inbox! When will the US election result be announced? AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. You know, Biden has declined to answer questions about it specifically, and Harris kind of sidestepped it as well last night. "The task force reports released today show the White House has known since June that coronavirus cases were surging across the country and many states were becoming dangerous 'red zones' where the virus was spreading fast," said Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), chairman of the subcommittee. Thank you. Why? But, of course, Trump said that Pence was his �first choice� when announcing his choice. PENCE: Well, thank you, Susan. The 57-year-old Pence is the 50th Governor of Indiana who was first elected to the House Of Representatives in 2000. Don’t Believe It.

He barely mentioned religion in his speech last night. What would it do? DOMENICO MONTANARO, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve. I mean, look. The ‘Pence’ in ‘Trump Pence’ is in fact Mike Pence, the man running for the vice-presidency alongside Donald. But, of course, it was an area that Pence wanted to be able to come back to repeatedly.

They tolerate Pence because he doesn’t get in the way.

Then he led the nation in prayer.

It is true that where Trump lacks experience and policy knowledge, Pence can pick up some of the slack, and he will help the Republican cause in strengthening their chances of taking Virginia (a state Republicans were likely to win already) in November.

It is tough to tell exactly where Pence is going to really help Trump on issues concerning the public. Trump is against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Pence has supported the idea.

How did the candidates handle that issue?

Fifteen years ago, Republicans wanted Congress to save the life of Terri Schiavo, a severely impaired woman in Florida hooked to a feeding tube, against the wishes of her husband.

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Donald Trump picked Pence as his running mate in 2016 to reassure evangelical Christians, whose votes he needed, and GOP donors, whose money he needed. I'm pro-life. INSKEEP: Well, let's talk about something else that came up because there's a lot of discussion of the Supreme Court.

So, after a roll out more concerning Trump himself, and during which he candidly stated that the intention was to bring unity to the Republican Party, this odd couple will now have to find their way through the convention over these next few days, and move toward the test of the upcoming campaign trail. As President Donald Trump and administration officials have been publicly downplaying the Covid-19 crisis and even predicting its imminent disappearance over the past several months, the White House task force formed to coordinate the federal pandemic response has simultaneously been issuing dire assessments of the nation's fight against the pandemic behind the scenes. Who is currently leading and what happens if neither candidate gets 270 votes? This was a far more normal, typical debate. Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free! These are just a few of the things that Trump’s staff seem to believe will help garner the support of the Evangelical portion of the Republican base. The White House sent its reports privately to states but never made them available to the public until the subcommittee requested (pdf) that Pence and task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx turn them over late last month. On June 29, just days after Pence declared that "all 50 states are opening up safely and responsibly," the task force issued a private assessement (pdf) warning that "Mississippi reported an 117% increase in new cases in the week ending June 26, resulting from increased community transmission in multiple counties attributed to reduced social distancing. Republicans have been accused of violating norms and trying to jam up the court with conservative justices. Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible). INSKEEP: We just heard some clips from the debate, a lot of them focused on the pandemic.

According to a CBS/YouGov poll, 57% of Republicans say that the number of coronavirus deaths is acceptable. And we heard Harris say whatever the administration has done, it hasn't worked because the death toll is so high in the United States.

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Accuracy and availability may vary. Pence … It reads in part: “The Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the president’s America-first agenda.”. He recently said that Joe Biden would “hurt God” and “hurt the Bible” — whatever that means — and falsely accused Democrats of excising “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance at their convention last week. INSKEEP: So that's what Vice President Pence had to say, Domenico, but I want to ask about something he didn't say.

Instead of revering God, he praised Trump. Join AlterNet 2020 for $1. Trump’s victimhood is personal — he said he’s been treated worse than Abraham Lincoln — whereas theirs is cultural. 'White House cover-up': New report shows Trump and Pence withheld truth about COVID-19 as they spread lies, Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet.

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Has ‘The Donald’ created a brand new currency that will see his face adorning pennies across America? KAMALA HARRIS: Whatever the vice president is claiming the administration has done, clearly it hasn't worked.

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How to use a word that (literally) drives some pe... Do you know what languages these words come from? NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. These statements are nonsense, of course, but merely by saying them he signals his commitment to his evangelical supporters.

Trump has converted evangelists for Christ into evangelists for him, just as he has turned the GOP into a personality cult. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. Many are choosing to see this as Trump grounding himself in Conservative principles and adopting the posture necessary to win in November. They talk about fostering a “culture of life,” but they are more interested in changing the culture than in saving lives. But Pence serves little purpose now.