“if this is a battle over style and substance … this was Mike Pence’s night”
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If you watched the vice presidential debate this week, you may have noticed that Kamala Harris often seemed agitated and nervous. This presented itself physically in her facial expressions, nervous laughter, and attitude.
According to pollster and analyst Frank Luntz, this did not go over well with the undecided voters in his focus group.
To be fair, they weren’t exactly thrilled about Vice President Pence, but they saw him as more presidential, and Luntz has concluded that Pence won the night.
Yael Halon reports at FOX News:
Undecided voters found Harris ‘abrasive, condescending’ in vice presidential debate: Frank Luntz
Voters found Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris to be “abrasive and condescending” at various points throughout Wednesday’s debate with Vice President Mike Pence, pollster Frank Luntz told the Fox News reaction panel.
“The complaint about Kamala Harris was that she was abrasive and condescending,” said Luntz, who monitored the reactions of 15 undecided voters from eight battleground states throughout the evening.
“The complaint about Mike Pence was that he was too tired, but [he was] vice presidential, or presidential,” added Luntz, who went on to say 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.”
Luntz clarified 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.”
Watch the video clip below:
FRANK LUNTZ: Among undecided voters, this was Mike Pence's night. They were upset with Kamala Harris' reactions to him — the smiling, the smirking, and the scowling. pic.twitter.com/hGr7iW649o
— August Takala (@AugustTakala) October 8, 2020
Luntz made similar points about Pence on CNBC. Kevin Stankiewicz reports:
GOP pollster: Pence beat Harris in debate not for what he said but how he said it
GOP pollster Frank Luntz told CNBC on Thursday that his 15-person focus group of undecided voters felt Vice President Mike Pence performed better than Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris in the vice presidential debate.
“All but two of them felt that Mike Pence won the debate,” Luntz said on “Squawk Box.” “I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that he did, and he did not because of what he talked about, but how he communicated.”
In particular, Luntz said he believes Pence was well-received by participants because in Wednesday night’s debate in Utah, he cut a sharp contrast to how President Donald Trump performed in his brawl against Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Luntz stressed that voters are looking for more than just where candidates stand on particular issues.
“I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that he did [win the debate], and he did not because of what he talked about, but how he communicated.” GOP pollster @FrankLuntz says VP Pence beat Sen. Harris in last night's debate because of his cool composure. https://t.co/uTAdTJjTyV pic.twitter.com/qmzUfA1FE8
— CNBC (@CNBC) October 8, 2020
I commented about Harris’s body language during the debate:
Kamala nervously laughing again. She just can't help herself, it's a nervous tic. You won't see Pence laugh once tonight. #VPDebate
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) October 8, 2020
She doesn’t seem to realize how distracting and annoying this behavior is.
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