Five Questions Mike Pence Should Ask Kamala Harris In The VP Debate

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There is no debate between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden this week, but Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will go head-to-head on Wednesday.

The Republican vice president and the Democratic vice presidential nominee will debate in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA Today, will moderate the event.

With Trump and Pence consistently trailing Biden and Harris in the polls, the incumbent vice president has an opportunity to win a small amount of people over to his side with a competent debate performance. 

If he wants to win the debate, here are five questions Pence should pose to Kamala Harris.

 

1. What do you have against Catholics? 

Pence should ask this question because of the way Harris treated Brian Buescher, who Trump nominated as a federal judge. Harris had a problem with Buescher: that he joined the Knights of Columbus in 1993. It’s a Roman Catholic fraternal order that provides life insurance for its members and promotes charity and spirituality.

During the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Harris asked Buescher eight questions. Of those, three were about abortion, and two were about homosexuality and transgenderism.

Two of those questions were, “Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organization?” and “Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed marriage equality when you joined the organization?”

Presumably, he was. As New Boston Post previously noted, no one was thinking about “marriage equality,” whatever that means, in 1993. And certainly, Buescher knew the Knights of Columbus were against killing babies before he joined. Catholic doctrine is pretty explicit about that.

There is a history of anti-Catholic discrimination in the United States, and Harris seems to be feeding into it.

 

2. Should the government implement affirmative action policies at the direct expense of white and Asian people?

Never in a million years would a mainstream politician speak explicitly about white identity, but it would be great to hear Harris’s response. We already know that college admissions favor blacks and Hispanics with lower SAT scores than whites and Asians and the government allows it; the federal government offers special funding for historically black colleges and universities; the government sets aside more than $1 billion a year for minority-owned business grants; states giving in-state tuition to illegal aliens; and local governments allow Native American tribes to build casinos which in turn ruin communities.

Yes, of course, there are issues that disproportionately impact black and brown communities like excessive liquor store licenses; lottery and menthol cigarette advertising; not allowing school choice; criminalizing unlicensed jobs like ethnic hair braiding and barbers; prosecuting marijuana possession as a crime; and so on. Those are a few issues worth resolving. However, those are not explicitly against any one race. It would be interesting to hear what types of policies Harris has in mind that do benefit one race over another.

 

3. Who should not be allowed to immigrate to the country and how many immigrants should the United States take in each year?

This two-part question touches on two things most Democratic politicians at the federal level never discuss. What, if any restrictions on immigration do they support, and if it’s acceptable to ever cap the number of people who come here. 

Harris has an F- career rating from the immigration restrictionist NumbersUSA voting to provide free legal counsel to illegal aliens, for more work visas, and against blocking grants to sanctuary cities.

Harris has also said she supports at least two policies that would increase the influx of illegal aliens:  decriminalizing border crossings and providing free health care to them, according to Newsmax

Knowing that she wants us to pay for all of these people to live in our country, the least she could do is give us an idea of how many we could end up housing — and which people under what circumstances she would not allow to come here.

Is it 1.2 million? Is it five million? Is it 10 million? Are we going to start hiring caravans to bus them over? Surely, Democratic politicians would love an influx of illegals  — because those are votes for their party.

 

4. Since you’re pro-democracy, would you support having a national referendum on a 20-week elective abortion ban?

Harris has extreme views on abortion that don’t align with the general public. She co-sponsored the 2019 Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), which Snopes says “prohibits state laws banning post-viability abortions that do not make exceptions if a woman’s health and life are at risk.” As National Review points out, that includes the incredibly vague “emotional health” when in reality, killing a baby never improved emotional health for very long.

Harris also believes democracy is inherently a good thing. She may support abolishing the electoral college in favor of a popular vote in the presidential election. Presumably, she thinks it would benefit Democrats, who won the popular vote in the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections. However, what if it didn’t benefit Democrats? What if the country voted on restricting abortion, an issue which the majority supports? In 2013, a Washington Post poll found that 56 percent of Americans supported a 20-week abortion ban. There are plenty of flaws in democracy, but that would be a vote worth taking. After all, the United States, along with China and North Korea, is one of seven countries that allows elective abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy — and babies can survive outside the womb as early as 21 weeks.

 

5.  Why did you call Tulsi Gabbard an Assad apologist for not wanting American lives lost in yet another potentially disastrous endless war?

President Donald Trump has been pretty clear that he doesn’t want troops in Syria, but the foreign policy establishment freaks out when he considers pulling troops out of there — and yes, that includes many Democrats.

Gabbard, to her credit, is against regime change wars. She understands taking out Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Muammar Ghaddafi in Libya did not go so well. And yet, because she had a meeting with Assad, whom she thinks is a bad person, that makes her an apologist, in Harris’s disingenuous presentation.

Pence has a son in the military. Harris doesn’t have any children of her own. That said, Pence has a few advantages here:  the Trump administration wants to bring the troops home, but the neoliberals and neocons in Congress keep blocking it; Pence can frame himself as a military father who does not want to see other people’s sons and daughters sent to danger in conflicts that aren’t in our best interests; and Pence can hit the Obama administration for it’s terrible foreign policy. There are slave auctions in the streets of Libya now that Ghaddafi is gone. Thanks, Obama.

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