The debate between the two candidates running to be the next vice president was interesting and both delivered for their ticket.

I have always felt that Senator Kamala Harris was a dynamic candidate even if I don't agree with her vision of the world and her political positions. She is charismatic and energetic when she is on the stump.

Vice President Mike Pence is a thoughtful and calming person with deep experience in government. He served as a congressman and he was the Governor of Indiana before he was elected as the vice president on the ticket with President Donald J. Trump.

Both did a solid job when asked about the current COVID-19 pandemic at the start of the debate.

As the debate moved on, Harris made a mistake when she said she wouldn't take a COVID-19 vaccine if it was approved by President Trump. That remark opened her to the charge by Pence that she was undermining the work of the medical community on the vaccine and that she was playing politics with American lives.

Harris was smart to abandon the radical Green New Deal even though she was a sponsor of the bill a few months ago in the Senate. Joe Biden has abandoned the policy and Harris can't be in conflict with him.

Harris was previously against the development of fossil fuel energy by the process of fracking and she abandoned that position in the debate tonight. Biden has been on both sides of the issue but he has settled on being in favor of fracking and tonight we learned Sen. Harris agrees with him.

It is tough to be a candidate for vice president and it is even tougher to conform to another politician's agenda when you wanted to be at the top of the ballot just a few months ago.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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