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The fly, the interruptions and ‘I’m speaking’: How the world responded to Harris-Pence debate

A fly briefly lands on head of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during in the vice presidential debate against Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) at the University of Utah on October 7, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A fly briefly lands on head of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during in the vice presidential debate against Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) at the University of Utah on October 7, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

HOUSTON – As Vice President Mike Pence and California Sen. Kamala Harris debated in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Wednesday night, social media lit up as topics turned from coronavirus to health care.

Here are some of the social media reactions that stood out as the debate waged on.

The fly

A fly landed on the vice president’s head toward the end of the night’s debate, piquing the interest of many on social media.

The interruptions

Many called out the moderator, Susan Page, and the candidates for the interruptions throughout the debate.

‘I’m speaking’

Harris' comments about the interruptions hit a particular nerve among many social media users Wednesday night. Here are some of the messages we saw.

Other notable social media messages throughout the evening’s debate


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