The Fly on Pence’s Head, Memes and Tweets from the Vice Presidential Debate

There were frustrating interruptions, though not as many as in the first debate. There were dodged questions, animated facial expressions and one candidate running particularly roughshod over the moderator.

About an hour into the debate, a fly suddenly appeared on Mr. Pence’s head, resting motionless yet extremely visible set against his silver hair. It sat there for two minutes and three seconds, enough time to spawn thousands of memes and somehow crash Twitter’s trending topics.

Even a comedian who spent nearly a decade finding humor in the travails of the vice presidency was impressed by the fly’s appearance.

The Biden campaign even turned the fly into its latest get-out-the-vote canvasser and fund-raiser.

The Trump campaign had put out no fly content as of late Wednesday.

The questions prepared by Susan Page, the Washington bureau chief for USA Today, were topical, sharp and specific. They were just rarely answered.

Rather, both candidates (though Mr. Pence more frequently than Ms. Harris) simply used their time to make prepared remarks or attacks, occasionally bantering with each other, but rarely answering the questions.

And while it wasn’t the brazen, rapid-fire interruptions that Mr. Trump berated former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with during their first debate, Mr. Pence made repeated interruptions of Ms. Harris, prompting the California senator to retort, “I’m speaking.”

It was an expression many were familiar with.

Matt Stevens contributed reporting.

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