In some cases, a candidate’s choice of guests to a debate can create headlines of their own, as when Donald Trump invited former President Bill Clinton’s accusers to attend a 2016 presidential debate against Hillary Clinton.
Ahead of this week’s vice-presidential debate, a spokesperson for President Donald Trump took a jab at Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in sarcastically announcing one name on the guest list, as tweeted by CBS News reporter Nicole Sganga.
“I keep doing that”
Sganga tweeted on Wednesday that she “asked the Trump campaign who Vice President Mike Pence is bringing to tonight’s debate,” confirming that a source answered with “Tupac.”
The Spectator confirmed that senior campaign adviser Jason Miller gave the answer, which was an apparent reference to recent comments Harris made during an interview with CNN contributor Angela Rye.
That exchange occurred last month during the NAACP’s virtual convention, as reported by Fox News.
“Not alive, I know,” Harris added. “I keep doing that.”
“Was not supposed to be a stumper”
The interviewer attempted to provide her cover, asserting that “West Coast girls think Tupac lives on.” When given an opportunity to provide a different answer, however, the situation hardly improved.
“Um, who would I say?” Harris asked. “I mean, there’s so many. There are some that I wouldn’t mention right now because they should stay in their lane.”
For her part, Rye seemed surprised that her guest was unable to come up with a response, noting that her question “was not supposed to be a stumper.”
Of course, the most important aspect of the debate was the exchange of ideas between Pence and Harris. While the reception was mixed, informal polls from news outlets in New Jersey and New York reported just over half of all respondents said the vice president came out on top.
Even Shane Goldacher, a columnist for The New York Times, spoke for many viewers in concluding that Harris “did not eviscerate” Pence, who “turned in an effective, dutiful, conservative case for Mr. Trump.”