To assault or defend?
In 2016, Mr Pence had a transparent three-step technique each time his vice presidential candidate, Mr Kaine, attacked Mr Trump. He supplied a fast protection of Mr. Trump (step 1); moved rapidly to debate aspirations for a Trump presidency (step 2); and launched an assault on the Democrats (Step 3).
Discovering the stability between offense and protection might be a selected problem for Mr. Pence this time round.
For one factor, after 4 years there may be nonetheless extra to defend. This could have been a really totally different debate 9 months in the past than Mr Pence may have talked concerning the buzzing financial system, job progress and a typically assured citizens. Now Mr Pence will communicate concerning the pandemic, the earlier failure of Congress and the White Home to develop a stimulus plan and an financial system that has gotten out of hand.
Second, Mr. Trump has not had a lot luck attacking Mr. Biden to date. The previous Vice President has confirmed to be an elusive goal, definitely in comparison with Ms. Clinton. Possibly Mr. Pence will probably be extra profitable.
However he has a 3rd job: to assault Mrs. Harris. Mr Trump’s efforts to painting Ms. Harris as a stalking horse for extra liberal insurance policies that will be the facility behind a Biden presidency have resonated with the fitting. However these voters had been already with Mr. Trump. Mr Pence’s job is to get them into resonance with any remaining undecided voters.
A preview of 2024?
Virtually each vice presidential debate includes two elections without delay: the present one and the subsequent – as a result of so many vice presidents and vice presidential candidates find yourself working for the presidency. (A brief present checklist: John Edwards, Joe Lieberman, George H. W. Bush, Al Gore, and naturally, Mr. Biden.)
This conflict is especially necessary as each Mr Pence and Mrs Harris could lead on their events given the ages of Mr Trump, 74, and Mr Biden, 77, and the specter of the coronavirus, which Mr Trump continues to recuperate.