The VP debate has taken on an outsized and perhaps unprecedented significance, with questions about President Donald Trump's health now looming over the November election less than a month away.
Current US Vice Vice President Mike Pence's sole face-off against Senator Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City comes as the Trump campaign reels from a Covid-19 outbreak that has also infected several members of the US President’s inner circle.
The pressure on Mike Pence in the upcoming VP debate 2020, who often toils in Trump’s deep shadow, is great.
Trump trails Joe Biden by 10 percentage points nationally, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, with voters faulting what they viewed as the Trump’s president's carelessness about the pandemic.
Mike Pence needs to show the public during Wednesday's VP debate he is ready to step in as president if the situation requires.
He must also defend the Trump administration’s handling of a 7-month-old health crisis that has killed nearly 210,000 Americans.
For her part, Kamala Harris, who has largely stayed out of the spotlight in recent weeks as Biden ramped up campaign travel, must demonstrate to voters that she, too, could assume the presidency if needed at some point in the 77-year-old Biden’s tenure should he win the election.