Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris just got the terrible news that her debate performance may have not been as effective in convincing swing voters to choose the Biden/Harris ticket on election day as she may have hoped.
According to pollster Frank Luntz, a Fox News debate reaction panel of undecided voters found Harris “abrasive and condescending” and that Harris’s overly aggressive approach was a turn-off.
Luntz explained that according to the 15 voters from eight battleground states that he monitored throughout the debate, “The complaint about Kamala Harris was that she was abrasive and condescending.”
“The complaint about Mike Pence was that he was too tired, but [he was] vice-presidential, or presidential,” Luntz continued.
He went on to remark that “if this is a battle over style and substance — which is often the case with undecided voters because they simply do not choose on policy, they also choose on persona — this was Mike Pence’s night,” though he added that “it’s not that Pence did so well, it’s that they [voters] felt both candidates were not answering the questions as well as they would have liked.”
Tuesday’s debate was markedly more subdued than last week’s presidential debate, which left many with a bad taste in their mouths as Biden and Trump traded barbs and repeatedly interrupted one another.
Harris appeared to be eager to assert her dominance during the course of her debate with Pence, repeatedly instructing him to stay silent while she spoke.