Mike Pence was left red-faced at the second Republican presidential debate on Wednesday night when his attempt at a joke fell flat, with the audience reacting with confusion and silence.
The former vice president – who is currently fifth in the Republican polls behind Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy – tried to win support with a clumsy joke about Joe Biden‘s visit to a union picket line.
Biden on Tuesday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to visit a picket line.
He traveled to Detroit to show his support for striking autoworkers.
Pence declared: ‘Joe Biden doesn’t belong on a picket line – he belongs on the unemployment line.’
Mike Pence on Wednesday declared on the debate stage: ‘Joe Biden doesn’t belong on a picket line – he belongs on the unemployment line.’ The joke fell flat
Pence, who has a meagre 4.6 percent of support in FiveThirtyEight’s poll average, has often capitalized on his years of experience as a talk radio host.
Yet his delivery disappointed, despite an arched eyebrow, and his attempt at levity fell flat.
Pence, like most of the other six on the stage, struggled to rise above the chaotic fray during Wednesday’s debate.
The Fox Business moderators struggled to rein in the seven candidates, and the debate frequently descended into a shouting match with the viewers at home unable to hear what was being said.
Candidates failed to answer questions and immediately pivoted to their own pre-prepared answers, sounding robotic and repeating slogans.
Joe Biden is seen on Tuesday near Detroit, Michigan – becoming the first sitting president to show up at a picket line
The seven candidates hoping to challenge Donald Trump for the nomination are seen on Wednesday night at the Reagan National Library in Simi Valley, California
Trump, who has a seemingly unassailable lead over his Republican rivals, skipped the debate on Wednesday – the second in a row he has failed to attend.
Chris Christie took particular aim at Trump for avoiding the debate, saying he was ‘afraid of being on this stage and defending your record’ – and labelling him ‘Donald Duck’.
Even DeSantis, who has been more conciliatory, took aim at Trump, declaring that the 77-year-old was ‘missing in action’.
Trump on Wednesday was in Detroit, giving his own speech to union workers.
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