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Mike Pence Ignored A Question About Canada In The VP Debate

It's ok to spy on your neighbours, right? Many Canadians tuned in once again to witness yet another 2020 U.S. presidential debate Wednesday night. 

This comes only one week after the first one was called the worst presidential debate in history.

This time, however, the contenders were Vice President Mike Pence and the Democratic nominee for the position U.S. Senator Kamala Harris.

The new faces didn't stop Canadians from coming back for more, but what Canadians didn't expect was to be name-dropped a second time.

What's even worse? The country was completely ignored after being brought up thanks to Mike Pence.

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What was VP Mike Pence asked?

At the very start of the debate, after Harris first took the floor, Mike Pence was asked about the United State's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The moderator said that more than 210,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the month of February.

She also said that the U.S. deaths, as a percentage of their population, is higher than that of almost every other "wealthy nation" on Earth.

"Our death rate is two and a half times that of Canada, next door. You had the administration’s coronavirus task force. Why is the US death toll, as a percentage of our population, higher than that of almost every other wealthy country?" she asked.

How did he answer?

As a response, and for two minutes straight, the current VP proceeded to ignore the question that was asked and failed to examine why the U.S. was lagging behind in the fight against COVID-19, and it's relief efforts after the fact.

He didn't even mention Canada once.

Instead, he spoke to the American people and listed all the ways in which President Donald Trump "put the health of America first."

While he didn't mention Canada, he had a lot to say about another country: China. 

"Before there were more than five cases in the United States, all people who had returned from China, President Donald Trump suspended all travel from China," he said.

"Now, Senator Joe Biden opposed that decision. He said it was xenophobic and hysterical," the VP added.

What are Canadians and others saying about this?

It didn't take long for others to weigh in on this debate and point out Pence's missed opportunity to answer the question.

Another person chimed in saying that Canada did things right. 

"We listened to health experts. Government provided financial aid and payroll subsidies. We did contact tracing and we opened up slowly with regulations and restrictions. We still have cases but clusters are monitored & the public understands if cases spike, we go back a level," the tweet read.

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