In a light-hearted moment reminiscent of the 2020 vice presidential debate, former Vice President Pence, during a campaign stop at the Iowa State Fair, jokingly hinted at a possible accessory for the upcoming GOP debate to a fly swatter. Pence jokes he will ‘bring a fly swatter’ to first GOP debate.
The humorous comment came after NewsNation’s Kellie Meyers posed a cheeky question, “No flies, right?” To which Pence responded, “Well, I think I’m gonna bring a fly swatter this time. You know they had a plexiglass wall at that Vice Presidential debate. But it wasn’t tall enough to stop a fly”.
This was a clear nod to the 2020 vice presidential debate. Where a fly unexpectedly landed on Pence’s head, quickly becoming a sensational topic on social media platforms. The then Democratic nominee and current President, Joe Biden, playfully capitalized on the unexpected event. Biden urged his followers to donate to his campaign, remarking, “Pitch in $5 to help this campaign fly,” on X, previously known as Twitter, accompanied by a picture of him wielding a fly-swatter.
Despite being in close proximity to the fly. Then Senator Kamala Harris, who was Pence’s debate opponent, refrained from acknowledging it during the debate. However, she later admitted to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that she had noticed the fly. In a jesting manner, she commented, “I think it’s important that we kind of find a way for all of us to move on. You know, kind of fly away from this subject on to something else”. The incident also went on to inspire a spoof on Saturday Night Live, signifying the influence of the moment.
Away from the fly-related humor, Pence announced earlier this week that his campaign has met the criteria for the upcoming first Republican debate. He expressed readiness to confront his political adversaries, particularly noting former President Trump. In a previous interview with The Hill, Pence articulated, “I think I’ve been preparing for this debate my whole life. I spent a lifetime in the Republican Party and in the conservative movement. I think I’m going to be the most consistent and experienced conservative on that stage”.
It’s apparent that the upcoming GOP debate will be one to watch, filled with a mix of serious political discussions and strategies. Possibly a few light hearted moments to remember.