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Mike Pence and Kamala Harris spar in vice-presidential debate

Episode 5 / 15 Oct 2020

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The contenders for US vice-president have met for their only debate ahead of next month’s election. While the debate between Democrat candidate Kamala Harris and Republican Mike Pence was more civil, there were still moments of tension. Watch this video to find out more about it and test yourself on some of the vocabulary from the video in our quiz below.

USEFUL PHRASES

‘spar’
This phrase means to argue. For example, in the video title it states, ‘Mike Pence and Kamala Harris spar over pandemic in vice-presidential’.

‘civil’
This phrase means to be polite but not overly friendly. For example, in the video it states, ‘but this was far more civil than the presidential debate’.

QUESTIONS

1. What did the debate heavily focus on?
a. Harris’s previous experience.
b. Trump’s record as president.
c. Biden’s record as vice-president.

2. Was the debate more or less civil than the presidential debate?
a. more civil
b. less civil
c. the same

3. What did Pence congratulate Harris about on a phone call the previous week?
a. her campaign so far
b. nothing
c. the historic nature of her nomination

4. When Harris was asked should Americans take the vaccine and would she take it, what did she say?
a. Yes, if the doctors told us we should take it.
b. Yes, if Donald Trump told us we should take it.
c. No, I wouldn’t take it.

5. When does Pence think the US will have a vaccine?
a. this month
b. by the end of 2020
c. next year

6. Why does Pence disagree with Biden and Harris’s policy of re-joining the Paris Climate Accord and imposing the Green New Deal?
a. He thinks it will increase energy costs of American families in their homes and reduce jobs.
b. He thinks it will reduce energy costs of American families in their homes.
c. He thinks it will increase jobs and help the environment.

7. How long does the ‘uninvited guest’ stay on Pence’s hair?
a. twenty minutes
b. ten seconds
c. two minutes

ANSWERS

1. What did the debate heavily focus on?
a. Harris’s previous experience.
b. Trump’s record as president.
c. Biden’s record as vice-president.

2. Was the debate more or less civil than the presidential debate?
a. more civil
b. less civil
c. the same

3. What did Pence congratulate Harris about on a phone call the previous week?
a. her campaign so far
b. nothing
c. the historic nature of her nomination

4. When Harris was asked should Americans take the vaccine and would she take it, what did she say?
a. Yes, if the doctors told us we should take it.
b. Yes, if Donald Trump told us we should take it.
c. No, I wouldn’t take it.

5. When does Pence think the US will have a vaccine?
a. this month
b. by the end of 2020
c. next year

6. Why does Pence disagree with Biden and Harris’s policy of re-joining the Paris Climate Accord and imposing the Green New Deal?
a. He thinks it will increase energy costs of American families in their homes and reduce jobs.
b. He thinks it will reduce energy costs of American families in their homes.
c. He thinks it will increase jobs and help the environment.

7. How long does the ‘uninvited guest’ stay on Pence’s hair?
a. twenty minutes
b. ten seconds
c. two minutes

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