December 5, 2020

LIVE: Fact-checking the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris

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  • Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee faced off Wednesday in the first and only debate between the two of the 2020 campaign season.
  • Topics for the debate have not been publicly released, but it will likely focus heavily on the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 7 million Americans including the president and killed over 210,000.
  • This month, the virus made its way to the highest levels of the US government, infecting more than two dozen people in President Donald Trump’s orbit, including him and First Lady Melania Trump.
  • Other debate topics will likely focus on healthcare, the economy, the Supreme Court, and Trump and Joe Biden’s respective records.
  • Scroll down to follow Business Insider’s live fact check of the debate.
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On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris face off in the first and only vice presidential debate of the 2020 election.

The debate comes as the Trump administration is mired in the most serious public health crisis of Donald Trump’s presidency: more than two dozen people in and around Trump’s orbit have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. That includes Trump and First Lady Melania Pence, multiple current and former Republican lawmakers, the White House press secretary, Trump’s counselor Hope Hicks, the head of the White House security office Crede Bailey, and others.

The second highest-ranking official in the Marine Corps and a senior Coast Guard admiral have also tested positive, and top military officials including the joint chiefs of staff have had to go into quarantine as a result.

Pence has tested negative as of Wednesday, but the Biden campaign insisted that debate staff erect a plexiglass wall between Harris and the vice president and keep them more than six feet apart as a precautionary measure.

Harris also tested negative on Wednesday.

Topics for Wednesday’s debate have not been released, but it will likely focus heavily on the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, especially as cases, deaths, and hospitalization rates spike across the country during the flu season. USA Today’s Susan Page, who is moderating the debate, will also likely ask about key policies the two campaigns have put forward on issues like healthcare, the economy, the Supreme Court, and Trump and Biden’s respective governing records.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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