Mike Pence says he ‘can’t wait’ to debate Kamala Harris: ‘It’s on’

Vice President Mike Pence appeared on Hannity Wednesday night, where he reacted to the announcement that Joe Biden had chosen Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate just a day earlier. Harris and Pence will square off in a vice presidential debate in October in Utah, and while Harris has shown herself to be a fierce debater, Pence sounded optimistic.

“I just have to tell you, you know, I like the matchup,” Pence said. “It’s on, Sean. I can’t wait to get back out there.”

Later, while expressing enthusiasm for their debate, Pence took the opportunity to attack Harris and Biden.

“I think she is a skilled debater,” Pence said, “but I can’t wait to get to Salt Lake City and be on the stage with her to compare Joe Biden’s nearly 50 years of public life, the agenda of the radical Left, the agenda that she’s embraced throughout her political career.”

Pence continually tried to paint Harris as a radical, as have President Trump and other Republicans, along with conservative pundits. But throughout her career, progressives have chided Harris for not being progressive enough. Even Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said of Harris earlier in the day, “She is not far to the left despite what Republicans are gonna try to say.” On Tuesday, Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts echoed that sentiment following a statement on Harris from the Trump campaign. Roberts said that the Trump campaign’s strategy would be to try to create a narrative that Harris is a left-wing radical despite her record showing otherwise, and Pence stuck to that strategy.

“Joe Biden’s decision to add Kamala Harris to the ticket confirms everything President Trump and I have been saying,” Pence said, “and that is that Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have been overtaken by the radical Left.”

Hannity airs weeknights at 9 p.m. on Fox News Channel.

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