Photos from the vice presidential debate

Mike Pence, Kamala Harris and Susan Page at the vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City.
Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris greet the crowd upon arriving on stage. Facing them is the debate moderator, Susan Page of USA Today.
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Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris face off in Salt Lake City, separated on stage by a protective plexiglass panel, for a vice presidential debate with uncommonly high stakes for a showdown between running mates.

Both Pence and Harris are auditioning not just for the No. 2 job in the White House but also as future leader of the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively, as the nation struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession a month before election day.

Candidates on debate stage
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) stands with her husband, Douglas Emhoff, while Vice President Mike Pence stands with his wife, Karen Pence, on the debate stage.
(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)
Vice President Mike Pence is kissed by his wife
Karen Pence kisses the cheek of Vice President Mike Pence after the debate.
(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

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Kamala Harris smiles as her husband stretches his arms out for a hug on the debate stage
Kamala Harris’ husband, Douglas Emhoff, greets her onstage after the debate.
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Vice presidential candidates seated behind plexiglass on debate stage
Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence applaud at the end of the debate in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah.
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Kamala Harris smiles with her hands clasped under her chin
Sen. Kamala Harris smiles on the debate stage.
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Moderator gestures as the candidates sit behind plexiglass onstage
USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page, left, moderates the debate between the vice presidential candidates.
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A fly rests on the head of US Vice President Mike Pence
A fly resting on the head of Vice President Mike Pence became a trending topic on social media during the debate.
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Candidates on debate stage
Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence sit behind plexiglass on the debate stage.
(Julio Cortez / Associated Press)

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TV screens at a bar show the vice presidential debate and the Dodgers playoff game
Archer, a xoloitzcuintli dog, takes in the scene while people watch the debate and the Dodgers’ postseason game against the San Diego Padres from outdoor seating at Pedone’s Pizza in Hermosa Beach.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Mike Pence gestures as he speaks on stage
Sen. Kamala Harris listens as Vice President Mike Pence answers a question.
(Morry Gash / Associated Press)
TVs show the debate and the Dodgers playoff game
People at outdoor seating under a canopy watch the debate and the Dodgers game at Pedone’s Pizza in Hermosa Beach.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Kamala Harris smiles and places her hands under her chin
Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris listens to a question during the debate.
(Justin Sullivan / Pool Photo)
Kamala Harris raises her hand in a stop motion toward Mike Pence
Sen. Kamala Harris raises her hand, gesturing for Mike Pence to let her finish speaking during the debate.
(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)
Vice President Mike Pence waves to the debate audience
Vice President Mike Pence waves as he arrives for the vice presidential debate.
(Julio Cortez / Associated Press)

Kamala Harris waves to people at the debate hall
Sen. Kamala Harris arrives for the vice presidential debate.
(Morry Gash / Pool Photo)
Debate moderator Susan Page
Debate moderator Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today.
(Justin Sullivan / Pool Photo )
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence
Kamala Harris and Mike Pence greet the audience upon arriving on the debate stage.
(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)
People wipe down a plexiglass barrier onstage
A plexiglass barrier is cleaned onstage before the debate.
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Demonstrators hold signs reading Biden-Harris, Team Joe's Got True Grit and Trump 2020 Keep America Great
Demonstrators outside the debate hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.
(Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
Signs outside the debate hall say Vice Presidential Debate 2020
A debate attendee outside Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah.
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A person with a flag reading Keep America Great Trump 2020 in front of several people in U.S. flag gear
Supporters of President Trump outside the debate hall at the University of Utah.
(Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
Workers
Workers sit separated by newly installed plexiglass barriers on the stage before the debate.
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A sign for the vice presidential debate says thank you for social distancing
A sign for the vice presidential debate.
(Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images )
A member of the production staff in the debate hall.
A member of the production staff before the debate.
(Julio Cortez / Associated Press)