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Guests of Pence-Harris Teams Hint at VP Candidates' Big Debate Themes

Guests of Pence-Harris Teams Hint at VP Candidates' Big Debate Themes
Workers install plexiglass protections between the debaters on the stage of the debate hall in Salt Lake City. (Getty Images)

Wednesday, 07 October 2020 08:10 PM

The guests Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Kamala Harris bring to Wednesday night's vice presidential debate in Utah may offer a window into what themes the two politicos plan to emphasize in their one-and-only head-to-head confrontation.

Vice President Pence’s guests in the debate hall Wednesday night will include Ann Marie Dorn, the widow of retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn, who was shot to death on June 2 after a violent night of protests.

President Donald Trump and his campaign have seized on the scattered violence that has broken out amid otherwise largely peaceful protests demanding racial justice. Trump has wrongly claimed that such violence has been condoned by his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, and has warned it will continue if Biden wins in November.

Ann Marie Dorn also spoke at the Republican National Convention.

Pence will also be joined by the parents of Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian aid worker who was taken captive and killed by Islamic State militants.

As for Senator Harris, D-Calif., she has two Utah women attending the debate in Salt Lake City as her guests.

Angela Romero is a state representative who also works in local government in Salt Lake City, overseeing the Division for Youth and Family programs. The campaign says Romero is focused on supporting families and local businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Harris has been highly critical of President Donald Trump and Pence, who was put in charge of the president's coronavirus task force, for what she considers a tepid and disorganized response to COVID-19, which has killed more than 210,000 Americans.

Deborah Gatrell is a veteran and teacher who is running for a seat on the Salt Lake County Council. She is a Blackhawk pilot who served in the Utah National Guard and was deployed to the Middle East.

The campaign says the two women represent the hard-working Americans that a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration would fight for.

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