More issues, less interruptions expected in Wednesday’s VP debate

More issues, less interruptions expected in Wednesday’s VP debate
Members of the production crew work on the stage near plexiglass barriers which will serve as a way to protect the spread of COVID-19 as preparations take place for the vice presidential debate at the University of Utah, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Salt Lake City. The vice presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is scheduled for Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky)

The shouting, interruptions and name calling that made last week’s Presidential candidate debate famously hard to watch like will likely not be repeated tonight.

“I think it was very painful to watch. Most Americans didn’t watch it because of president Trump’s bullying behavior throughout the entire thing,” said Nan Whaley.

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Whaley, the region’s most prominent Democrat, is working on behalf of the Biden campaign in Ohio. She expects tonight’s debate at 9 PM on WHIO-TV featuring Republican Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic US Sen. Kamala Harris to focus more on the issues than personal attacks.  “You have the opportunity to hear from someone who cares about and is going to govern for all America in a once in a generation pandemic. She has shown terrific crisis leadership as Attorney General, as a Senator and will be a great Vice President,” Whaley said.

The Trump campaign is also expecting a different kind of debate tonight. Spokesman Hogan Gidley told News Center 7 that Vice President Mike Pence will talk about the next four years of the Trump administration. “The Vice President has been next to this President in some of the most important impactful decisions he’s ever made,” Gidley said.

The White House confirmed Wednesday that Pence is healthy and COVID free. Still, the debate stage will have some plexiglass partitions between the candidates to keep them safe. Even without the partitions, the candidates will be a safe distance away from each other and from the moderator.

Gidley said the people of the Miami Valley will have the opportunity to see the candidates side-by-side for the first and only time in this race. They will judge the candidates, their role in the next administration and in the end, make a decision on the Presidential candidates. “Are there people in the valley who may not like every tweet? Probably. Are there people in the valley who may not like everything the President says? Most likely. However, you cannot argue with results. Washington is littered with politicians who promise much and deliver nothing. Joe Biden is one of those people,” Gidley said.

Despite President Trump’s COVID diagnosis last week the next Presidential debate is still on the schedule for Thursday, October 15th from Miami, Florida.

You can see tonight’s debate live on WHIO-TV, at 9 p.m.