We asked for reader comments on the Pence-Harris debate and were deluged. Most of them contrasted Pence’s honest, classy, gentlemanly manner with Harris’s dishonesty, evasiveness, condescension and immaturity. Many also agreed that the moderator was biased in her choice and wording of questions and overly strict handling of Pence’s time. (As we've noted, Kamala’s total speaking time was actually a little longer than Pence’s.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD TAKE NOTE: most of the letters focus sharply on DEMEANOR. This tells me something very important: that the President really should not reject an opportunity to debate again, as his contentious approach during the first debate --- understandable to us--- inadvertently played right into the wrong impression of him so many people have. This was not the Donald Trump we know. Actually, the first Trump-Biden debate was a worthless mess; neither man came off well at all.

The President says he's feeling really great now. The debate commission has picked a biased moderator, for sure --- a Democrat who interned with Joe Biden! --- but Trump has the skills to work around that. On Thursday night's HANNITY show, Trump called the commission "a disgrace" and even challenged Biden on the air to just have a debate on their own, in person, without the commission setting the rules. (Watch Biden hide behind the commission, which has rejected a second in-person debate.)

Anyway, letters are still coming in on Pence-Harris, but here are a few highlights. Notice how many of them concentrate on attitude and demeanor...

From Dee:

Last night we saw two people who very likely could be the leader of the free world USA. VP Pence showed he is knowledgable, articulate, intelligent, and able to stay calm in uncomfortable situations. K Harris showed us she knows how to make faces, deliver preplanned one-liners, and lie...not very well. Biden is not well and she is unequipped to handle the job. I will say I would be happy if President Trump stayed calm in his next encounter and just be prepared with the facts.

From Sue:

Pence killed it. He made great points and great rebuttals. He corrected her when needed and let her speak her nonsense enough to hang herself. Super job. So honored to have such a great VP. Pence 2024

From Karen:

How can I get on the debate committee? My dead cat could pick better debate moderators then the Republicans on the committee.

From Kay:

Fly picked the winner.

Tried to pack too much in too little time. Needed more time to answer questions.

From Gene:

Senator Harris bragged on her record as a D.A. When Pence questioned that record, she responded with "I won't be lectured..." What she's really saying is that she won't allow anyone to hold her accountable. That's not the look of transparency or the attitude of a public servant.

From Helen (excerpt):

Kamala started off with putting down the President. After the first 40 minutes, I had to turn it off. I would rather watch reruns of paint drying on a DIY show than listen to her blatant lies. I live in CA, I know all about her career...

From Claudia:

Watching her debate gave me PTSD. She is a very practiced liar. Thinking that she could possibly be President is the scariest thing I could ever imagine.

From LaDina:

I'm very nervous. Harris is nasty and I want Trump to be presidential at his next debate. Not to get mad or interrupt, and to look at us, not Biden. Pence was very good, but he missed some good openings to make good points.

From Bette:

If Trump can debate like Pence did, then the next debate could be of great value, but if it’s a repeat of the first one, then it shouldn’t go forward. Undecided voters are looking at the trustworthiness of the candidate as individuals, and all the hysteria and frustration get in the way. Please, Mr. President, show us your compassion and your love for Americans and our country in the next debate. People need to learn who you are as a person. We’re praying for our President and our Country’s future!

From Raelene:

Kamala’s laughter and smirking have us a great insight on how she really feels about our most serious issues as a country. I’m proud of how Pence stayed so respectful to everyone and didn’t find the serious matters funny as if they were a joke.

From Gina (excerpt):

The last question tells you all you need to know. A young girl asks about the fighting and Partisanship. Pence gives a story about Ginsberg and Scalia and there friendship. Harris tells the Charlottesville lie and bashes the President...

From Kathy:

I watched it till I couldn’t stand Kamala any more...She gives me that slimy feeling that politicians give off. They don’t really care about you and try to tell you everything you want to hear only to do nothing they said over the next 47 years they are in office.

From Patrice:

Mr. Pence. He can play poker.

From Gregory (excerpt):

He ate her lunch, dinner and tomorrow's breakfast, very gracefully and spectacularly...PENCE 2024.

From TD:

I don’t think it changed any minds. If you want higher taxes, murdered babies, infringements on the Constitution, then by all means vote Biden/Harris. If you want the government out of your business, vote Trump/Pence ticket. Federal government was not created to run your life but for your safety and security.

From Alissa:

Kamala is absolutely terrifying. Period.

From Mary (excerpt):

I am so thankful that Vice President Pence loves Jesus and is bold about it...He presented the facts clear and precise. Did not put up with any lying from Harris. I was greatly encouraged. God bless America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

From Kimberly:

VP Pence rocked it! Though I Iove my President, I hope he took notes. Please tell him to keep quiet and let Biden talk.. He [Biden] will hang himself.

From Chris:

OMGosh, my wife told me it really does no good to yell at the TV. She's right, of course.

And finally, Rhonda makes my point:

Trump needs to do the second debate no matter what (virtual or in person). He needs to tell the American people what his plans are for the next 4 years. Tell us –- we want to hear it with compassion & love for our country!!! He WILL win hands down if he goes that route!!!

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  • Lori Lee Taber

    10/14/2020 02:22 AM

    After 35 years as Social Worker , Investigative skills exceptional.. Kamala presented as a Pathelogical lier, rude and not even close to ALERT & Oriented x 2. She further presents non-presidential and an adult bulliy. She tries too hard to play the "victim", and someone I would substantiate as predator in sheep's clothing !!!!
    Pence presented A & O x 4 and very Presidential; true Patriate; strong ethical man ,with exceptional strength in religious beliefs and non-waivering, which held standards of accountability !!! Pence 2024, 2028!!!

  • Linda Pierce

    10/10/2020 11:35 AM

    Our Vice President did a very laudable job stopping Harris in her tracks. But, I do not agree that President Trump should agree to a virtual debate. The moderator will have total control when he can be heard and cut him off whenever he wants. Also, we will never know if Biden is "wired" or has someone in his "ear" telling him how to answer. There are way too many obstacles in the way for it to be fair.

  • Christa Ohlich

    10/10/2020 08:58 AM

    Very biased toward Trump

  • Helena Starick

    10/10/2020 06:31 AM

    Mr President. Keep calm, talk about your plans. Talk about your love of God, USA, and how your going to continue to help and protect us. Ask those questions to Harris/Biden then keep still. They will win your election for you, just by speaking.
    They know how to push your buttons. Don't let them.

  • Walt Landers

    10/09/2020 06:38 PM

    I believe if the president wishes to debate, he will, but when he is debating both of them his time is less than a third to their two thirds. Put a fair moderator in there and he just might concider it. But we all know that Mr. Biden is in no condition to be elected as the president, only to be found incompetent, after the election.

  • JOAN EICHEL

    10/09/2020 06:35 PM

    This article is so true. Trump had the perfect opportunity to win votes by showing the world his best qualities, but he didn't. Many have already cast their ballot, many won't care to watch another debate. I hope it's not too late to redeem himself!

  • Weasler

    10/09/2020 06:21 PM

    Unless the debate commission comes up with a truly impartial moderator (and given their track record, I have no faith they will do that), there's really no point to another debate. I say good riddance anyway. The debates rarely help us. Only with Reagan in 1980 and 1984 did they truly help the Republicans. In most cases, the debates are stacked against the Republicans. Before they brought them back in 1976 with the Carter-Ford election, the only time we had televised debates was in 1960 with Kennedy-Nixon, which did great harm to Nixon and probably lost him the election. I frankly wish we would not have debates at all. There is little to gain in them.

  • Sharon Faulkner

    10/09/2020 03:51 PM

    Trump won the debate Mike. Deal. Your readers sound like DNC stooges.

  • Diane Spradley

    10/09/2020 03:14 PM

    Does trump or someone high up in his administration read these comments to him. He has only 3 weeks left to show the country he has empathy and it right now is about the people’s thoughts NOT his. He makes it or breaks it for sure. Has he told the blacks in the last election. “ what do you have to lose”. We know it’s BIG time war right now!!!

  • Debbie Moore

    10/09/2020 03:03 PM

    Too bad pence isn’t running I would vote for him. Just not Trump.

  • Rhonda Bennett

    10/09/2020 02:37 PM

    Please debate once again

  • Mary Martin

    10/09/2020 12:01 PM

    I disagree. Go back to the 2012 VP debate. I believe President Trump did a great job. They tried to stack the deck against him and it didn't work. People need to stop criticising him and let him do his job. The option of a biden ministration should scare everyone.

  • Angela Navarrete

    10/09/2020 10:31 AM

    I agree, VP Pence rocked! Calm and articulate, on point! I love President Trump but I felt he missed opportunities to set Biden lies straight and let Biden rule his emotions instead! Pres Trump should present more like Pence did, calm, collected and in control.