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Fly On Pence's Head Generates Most Buzz Of VP Debate

Vice President Mike Pence makes a point during the vice presidential debate with Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Vice President Mike Pence makes a point during the vice presidential debate with Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The vice presidential debate featured plexiglass barriers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. They were no match for the nights most talkedabout intruder a fly that briefly buzzed around the stage before landing and staying on Mike Pences head.

WASHINGTON: The vice presidential debate featured plexiglass barriers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. They were no match for the nights most talked-about intruder a fly that briefly buzzed around the stage before landing and staying on Mike Pences head.

The incident went unmentioned onstage, with the Republican vice president and Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris continuing to focus on the discussion of systemic racism in the justice system.

But as the insect took up residence on Pence’s white hair, the social media firestorm was immediate and intense. It easily created more, well, buzz than nearly anything else that occurred.

Thats not on your TV. It’s on his head, tweeted MSNBCs Rachel Maddow. The fly knows, tweeted author Stephen King. Others joked about the creature perhaps getting stuck in hair spray or possibly now being a prime candidate for coronavirus testing.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden immediately got in on the act, tweeting a photo of himself clutching an orange flyswatter under the heading Pitch in $5 to help this campaign fly. Moments later, he tweeted again, this time highlighting Flywillvote.com, which took users to a website set up for his campaign to help supporters make plans to vote.

Pence had spent much of the night shaking his head in response to Harris’ answers. But the vice president didn’t appear to notice the fly’s arrival. Despite his talking and normal body movements, the hot stage lights and those virus-fighting barriers, the fly was unperturbed. It finally flew away on its own.

Wednesday nights visitor wasnt the first fly to take center stage at a presidential debate. In 2016, one briefly landed between Democratic nominee Hillary Clintons eyes during a town hall-style debate with now-President Donald Trump. Clinton didn’t flinch.

President Barack Obama, however, took action when confronted with an airborne distraction during the taping of a television interview in 2009. Obama stopped speaking to swat at a buzzing fly and tell it to get out of here.” As interviewer John Harwood quipped, That’s the most persistent fly I’ve ever seen, Obama concentrated on its path and swatted it dead.

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