What to know before you watch tonight’s VP debate

This piece was originally published in the October 7, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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“Unity…is not about a Hallmark card.”

Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, on redefining what it means to be united. Rather, she says, unity is about everyone being respected and having a voice.

The U.S. makes up just 4% of the global population — but 20% of all coronavirus deaths.

It didn’t have to be like this.

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IN THE NEWS

  • Tonight is the first and only vice presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris. The debate will be moderated by Susan Page of USA Today and will run from 9–10:30 pm ET. You can watch it on most major news channels or stream it online. And don’t forget to follow along with our team for live fact-checking and analysis.

REALITY CHECK: A new analysis found that a quarter of the media coverage surrounding Senator Harris included racist and sexist tropes. As the first Black and Indian-American woman vice presidential nominee of a major party, she is likely to face attacks on both fronts — and it’s on us to call it out. Use the hashtag #WeHaveHerBack to show solidarity with Kamala during tonight’s debate.

  • Mike Pence will be hard pressed to justify his record as vice president tonight. Pence’s past can best be described as a mix of right-wing extremism, racism, sexism, and failure. His crowning achievement as VP is, of course, his role as head of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force, which has failed spectacularly at handling the pandemic that has now killed more people in the U.S. than in any other country and is literally spreading through the White House as we speak. Nice work, Mike.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • A report from the New York Times details the depth of the Trump administration’s cruelty in enforcing their family separation policy. When Trump put the policy in place, it sparked backlash from a group of U.S. Attorneys at the border, the report says. This led then-AG Jeff Sessions — and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein — to push even further. Sessions reportedly instructed the prosecutors that “we need to take away the children.” Rosenstein cleared up any ambiguity by then telling the prosecutors it didn’t matter how young the children they prosecuted were, including in two cases involving infants.

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This piece was originally published in the October 7, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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