The one debate query we wished the VP candidates had been pressed on

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Hey of us, Aric right here. I coated the vice presidential debate final evening for Fortune. I discovered it to be directly comparatively uneventful—save for the fly!—and massively satisfying to see Kamala Harris, the primary Black and Asian working mate on a serious occasion ticket, on the stage. She delivered an inspiring biography at one level, reflecting on the sacrifice her mom made to to migrate to the USA.

Sadly, that endearing story got here at the price of a correct reply to one of many extra necessary questions of the night. From my story last night:

[M]oderator Susan Web page requested a query on the thoughts of many Individuals following President Trump’s hospitalization for COVID-19: “Have you ever had a dialog, or reached an settlement with [Trump or Biden] about safeguards or procedures on the subject of presidential incapacity?”

In different phrases: Are they ready to succeed as President?

Each vice presidential candidates dodged the query totally.

Harris responded with an admittedly elegant transition to her household background; Pence backtracked to earlier dialogue concerning the Trump Administration’s plans for a COVID-19 vaccine. As disappointing because it was to see the query go unanswered, it was a predictable response, I suppose. Neither VP candidate desires to the touch on how their occasion’s presidential nominee shall be 78 (Biden) and 74 (Trump) by January’s inauguration. Or how that age vary makes them notably weak to the coronavirus, as Trump is aware of effectively by now.

Nonetheless, as uncomfortable of a query it’s to boost, it’s definitely one value asking—and answering. We will solely hope there’s some type of plan, simply in case.

For extra debate protection, try my colleague Nicole Goodkind’s piece on Pence’s struggles to answer coronavirus-related questions, and Rey Mashayekhi on the winners and losers.

Aric Jenkins
@aricwithan_a
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