(CNN)CNN Opinion asks commentators to share their tweets and thoughts on the vice presidential debate in real time.

This was a much more civil and substantive debate. But it is incredibly frustrating and cowardly to see elected officials consistently refuse to answer direct questions.

— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) October 8, 2020

Kamala Harris clearly won tonight's debate. Mike Pence needed to score a knockout to change the trajectory of Trump's losing campaign, and he failed to do that.

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 8, 2020

Pence's mansplaining, interrupting, condescending and general smarminess is at an 11 tonight.No wonder suburban women have left the Republican Party in droves.#Debates2020

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) October 8, 2020

Pence speaks about the need for politicians to be able to come together after their battles. Following the debate, he will fly back to the Oval Office to recap tonight's events with the Divider-in-Chief.

— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) October 8, 2020

Harris should have answered the question directly about the potential of Trump not conceding. A missed opportunity. #VPDebate

— Josh Douglas (@JoshuaADouglas) October 8, 2020

I’m thinking Pence is thinking the election is lost. He’s pitching for 2024 trying to serve not just Trump but validating his own conservative credentials.

— Aaron David Miller (@aarondmiller2) October 8, 2020

I too trust a grand jury—but only if it has actually been privy to ALL the relevant information and evidence AND has been asked to consider ALL relevant and applicable charges AND has been allowed to do so. #BreonnaTaylor #VPDebate

— Laura Coates (@thelauracoates) October 8, 2020

As expected – Harris refuses to answer whether a Biden-Harris administration would pack the courts. People deserve an answer. #VPDebate

— Alice Stewart (@alicetweet) October 8, 2020

What's the point of having a moderator, rules, a format and questions if Pence is just going to ignore them all?#Debates2020

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) October 8, 2020

It’s not nearly as scream-y as last week but the moderator needs to stand up when her questions are entirely ignored. It’s not “two minutes on whatever you want.”

— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) October 8, 2020

Harris has no idea what to say about packing the court. When she defaults to the "I am speaking" and "I am about to" snaps, she's just stalling to find a sentence that makes sense. (She never found one.) #VPDebate

— Scott Jennings + (@ScottJenningsKY) October 8, 2020

That may have been one of the best answers about what foreign policy is. Spoke to basic principals at the kitchen table: support your friends, know your enemies. Her use of the term "loyalty" is just perfect when it comes to Trump whose loyalty to the nation is suspect.

— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) October 8, 2020

Pence ignores the (female) moderator. Will he ever stop talking? It’s condescending and disrespectful, despite the smile.

— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) October 8, 2020

#KamalaHarris's last comment is the theme to which she should be returning over and over. #DonaldTrump failed on the pandemic and crashed the economy. That is all. That is the message. #VPDebate2020 #VPDebates #Debates2020

— ((Lincoln Mitchell)) (@LincolnMitchell) October 8, 2020

Pence getting in all the hits he needs to tonight on both Biden but, maybe even more importantly, on Harris, who remains undefined for many Americans.

— Lanhee J. Chen (@lanheechen) October 8, 2020

Kamala Harris actually sounds like a knowledgeable real human being when she speaks. Mike Pence sounds like a robot built to repeat talking points and platitudes.

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 8, 2020

On climate change, Pence's "President Trump has made it clear we're going to continue to listen to the science" is rich. #Debates2020

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) October 8, 2020

Pence just absolutely, unequivocally decimated Harris on the economic exchange, taxes, and where we are going from here. Just immaculate work there #VPDebate

— Scott Jennings + (@ScottJenningsKY) October 8, 2020

Pence says that he and Trump have a plan for healthcare and preexisting conditions. Can anyone point me to that plan? Because lots of really good reporters have looked for it and it doesn't seem to exist.

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) October 8, 2020

The @VP looks like he was hauled to the principal’s office.

— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) October 8, 2020

#MikePence is a generic right wing #Republican. He sounds like he could be speaking as the #VP for any recent Republican president seeking a second term, but #America knows who #DonaldTrump is so #Pence's #GOP platitudes aren't landing. #VPDebate2020 #debate

— ((Lincoln Mitchell)) (@LincolnMitchell) October 8, 2020

Kamala is winning this debate because she has the facts on her side. Covid disaster, Trump debts, Trump taxes. Pence has the impossible job of defending the indefensible. The only way to do that is by deflecting, evading, and lying.

— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) October 8, 2020

Harris and the moderators still get caught up in a somewhat conventional debate about an administration that is so far off-center.

— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) October 8, 2020

Pence not answering a single damn question may be a lesser crime than Trump's interruptions and insults, but it's still gaslighting the American people.#Debates2020

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) October 8, 2020

While Pence is using canned, practiced lines that no one believes as he excuses their failed response, @KamalaHarris is killing him with facts, facts. facts.Very effective.#VPDebateTakes #VPDebate

— Tara Setmayer (@TaraSetmayer) October 8, 2020

That was Kamala’s big moment. There is no issue on which Administration is more vulnerable than Covid. She’s doing OK. But moment for takedown slipped away.

— Aaron David Miller (@aarondmiller2) October 8, 2020

Pence didn’t answer why the US has such a disproportionate portion of the world’s Covid deaths. Because there is no good answer.

— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) October 8, 2020

So Pence is basically doing the same thing as Trump just in monotone…talking and talking and talking and the moderator won't stop him.It's a disgrace.

— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) October 8, 2020

Pence has come to play – acknowledging the sacrifice of the American people during this plague is something Trump hasn't really done, but needs to. Good on Pence and smart play. #VPDebate

— Scott Jennings + (@ScottJenningsKY) October 8, 2020

Kamala says the Trump administration has failed. Pence says you shouldn’t say the America people have not failed. Weak evasion

— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) October 8, 2020

Unfortunately, Harris still could not answer what a #BidenHarris administration would do differently in response to the Coronavirus. #VPDebate2020

— Jessica Anderson (@JessAnderson2) October 8, 2020

Mike Pence starts with a cheap shot and dodges the question about why our death rate is worse than every other wealthy country.

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 8, 2020

The seated format helps bring the temperature down for sure. #VPDebate

— Lanhee J. Chen (@lanheechen) October 8, 2020

.@KamalaHarris precisely prosecuted the case against Trump Administration on their handling of Covid-19.

— Patti Solis Doyle (@PattiSolisDoyle) October 8, 2020

Never would I have thought that i would miss the Trump Biden debate. But so we begin… with a recitation of damp talking points.

— Danielle Pletka (@dpletka) October 8, 2020

Susan Page has already won this debate #VPDebate

— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) October 8, 2020

📌#VPDebate2020 Why does it feel like the weight of the world rests on Black woman’s shoulders, again? #Kamala can’t fix all America’s problems but she’s the best damn shot we’ve got! Now, do your part, and #vote

— RoxanneJones (@iamroxannejones) October 8, 2020

I wanna hear an actual policy debate, real issues discussed. We didn’t get to hear that last week when Trump acted like a teen-age schoolyard bully on Red Bull. And you know what else? I wanna see a fierce woman of color representing. She’s making history. It matters. #TeamKamala

— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 8, 2020

The goal for #KamalaHarris tonight is simply to have #America be focusing on #DonaldTrump again by say midday Friday. #BidenHarris are winning, they don't need a home run tonight, just get to the next inning while holding the lead. #Debate2020 #debates

— ((Lincoln Mitchell)) (@LincolnMitchell) October 8, 2020

The #VPDebate2020 candidates need to:1. Do no harm2. Support the top of the ticket3. Pass the commander-in-chief test.

— Alice Stewart (@alicetweet) October 8, 2020

Here’s the question most commentators are asking about tonight’s veep debate: Can Vice President Pence save his boss? Tall order but Pence comes well prepared @cnn

— David Gergen (@David_Gergen) October 8, 2020

When hearing references to this day four years ago, Hillary was up in the polls then, so don’t think too much about Biden’s polls now, remember this: there was no incumbent having to defend a record then. Tonight, Pence has to stand up and defend Trump. That’s HARD. #VPDebate

— Nayyera (@nayyeroar) October 8, 2020

Pressure on Pence tonight to bring a winning news cycle to the Trump campaign. Sounds like they’ve got a solid plan on public safety to do it. #VPDebate

— Scott Jennings + (@ScottJenningsKY) October 8, 2020

Apparently Kamala and Pence will each be seated behind plexiglass.

— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) October 8, 2020

Ordinarily, these veep debates mean very little. But tonight is different. Tonight, the sitting president has COVID and his opponent will be 78 if elected. Tonight, Kamala Harris and Mike Pence are auditioning for a job one of them very well may have. Watch closely. #Debates2020

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) October 8, 2020

The news for Trump’s campaign has been relentlessly awful in the past few days. It’s hard to imagine what Pence can do, even with a strong performance, to reverse that.

— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) October 8, 2020

Tonight, like the SCOTUS nomination, having Pence on the debate stage is a reminder from the president to social conservatives that when it comes to their core policies he’ll deliver.

— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) October 7, 2020

3. @VP needs to show what is at stake: Economic recovery, job and wage satisfaction, healthcare freedom, election integrity, parental school choice, safety and security. These issues matter to the the base, and they matter to undecideds.

— Jessica Anderson (@JessAnderson2) October 7, 2020

A couple of thoughts going into tonight.1. You don’t serve in Congress, become Governor and VPOTUS, without being a good debater/communicator. Mike Pence is very good at this. 2. Kamala Harris will not only have to beat Pence but also age old stereotypes of black women

— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) October 7, 2020

REMINDER: Mike Pence is a very good debater- he beat Tim Kaine in 2016 debate per polls. Just don't want people to think it will be easy. Im confident Kamala Harris will be amazing – but Pence will not rollover and die. He interrupted Tim Kaine over and over in 2016 #VPDebate

— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) October 7, 2020

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