SENATOR Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence faced off Wednesday in the only vice presidential debate of this election. Each were given two, uninterrupted minutes to answer each question, and early on in the evening, Harris uttered the first meme-worthy sentence of the debate: “Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking.”

Harris first said this to her opponent when he began to interrupt her answer about coronavirus. Harris said both President Trump and the vice president knew about the pandemic on January 28 but Pence, the head of the White House’s coronavirus task force, said they didn’t tell anyone because Mr. Trump wanted people to remain calm.

Both Pence and debate moderator Susan Page of USA Today began to speak over Harris, but she shut them down. “Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking,” she said. Page then allowed Harris to speak for 15 seconds. 

According to a CBS News tally of the whole debate, Pence interrupted Harris twice as many times — Pence interrupted Harris 10 times, while Harris interrupted Pence five times. Pence spoke 38 minutes to Harris’ 35 minutes.  

Many Twitter users glommed on to the line, tweeting it within seconds of it leaving Harris’ lips. 

Harris said the line again when responding to Pence’s false claim that Biden will raise taxes “on day one” of his presidency.



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