Regardless of whether Trump or Biden wins the election, Americans will witness the oldest president to be sworn into office come January. So last night’s vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris felt like a vital vetting of the nation’s possible future leaders.

The candidates seemed determined to hit their talking points, dodging tough questions on succession, the Supreme Court and the peaceful transfer of power. Penn State’s Cynthia Young and Amherst College’s Austin Sarat react.

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Emily Costello

Deputy Editor

Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence face off in a debate on Oct. 7, 2020. AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool

Harris and Pence dodge tough questions in VP debate – experts react

Cynthia A. Young, Pennsylvania State University; Austin Sarat, Amherst College

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Ethics + Religion

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