Assault or defend?
In 2016, Mr. Pence had a transparent three-step technique each time his vice-presidential rival, Mr. Kaine, attacked Mr. Trump. He supplied a fast protection of Mr. Trump (Step 1); moved rapidly to speak concerning the aspirations of a Trump presidency (Step 2); and swung into an assault on the Democrats (Step 3).
However putting the stability between assault and defend could possibly be a selected problem for Mr. Pence this time.
For one factor, after 4 years, there’s extra to defend. This may have been a a lot completely different debate 9 months in the past, when Mr. Pence might have talked concerning the buzzing financial system, job development and a usually assured citizens. Now, Mr. Pence goes to be speaking concerning the pandemic, the failure thus far of Congress and the White Home to give you a stimulus plan and an financial system that has gone off the rails.
For one more, Mr. Trump has not had a lot luck attacking Mr. Biden thus far; the previous vp has proved an elusive goal, definitely when put next with Mrs. Clinton. Maybe Mr. Pence can have extra success.
However he has a 3rd job as nicely: attacking Ms. Harris. Mr. Trump’s efforts at portraying Ms. Harris as a stalking horse for extra liberal insurance policies, who could be the ability behind a Biden presidency, has resonated with the precise. However these voters have been already with Mr. Trump. The duty for Mr. Pence is to make them resonate with any remaining undecided voters.
A preview of 2024?
Virtually each vice-presidential debate is about two elections without delay: the present one and the one that can observe — as a result of so many vice presidents, and vice-presidential candidates, ultimately run for president. (A fast current record: John Edwards, Joe Lieberman, George H.W. Bush, Al Gore and, after all, Mr. Biden.)
This face-off is very important due to how quickly each Mr. Pence and Ms. Harris could possibly be main their events, given the ages of Mr. Trump (74) and Mr. Biden (77) and the specter of the coronavirus, from which Mr. Trump continues to get better.