Kamala Harris can’t create property tax for reparations

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Lawmakers have been trying to pass reparation bills for descendants of slaves. Here’s why it’s taken so long – and how it might work.

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The claim: Kamala Harris said she’ll place a federal tax on homes to pay for reparations

Since she was chosen, misinformation about Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris has spread online. One social media post claims Harris’ views on reparations for slavery will lead to a new tax. 

“GET READY TO PAY A FEDERAL TAX ON YOUR HOME FOR REPARATIONS!!, YES!!, KAMALA HARRIS SAID THAT!!” the Facebook post reads. 

The post’s creator did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment. 

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Harris didn’t say that, but she does support reparations in some form

In this context, “reparation” refers to the compensation to descendants of American slaves. The idea of

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Vice presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence kicks off in Utah

AP FACT CHECK: Pence on climate, Harris on taxes, in debate

WASHINGTON (AP) – Although more buttoned-up on the stage than his boss, Vice President Mike Pence nevertheless echoed many of President Donald Trump’s falsehoods in the one and only debate with Democratic rival Kamala Harris.

Pence muddied the reality on the pandemic, asserted Trump respects the science on climate change when actually the president mocks it, overstated the threat of voting fraud and misrepresented the Russia investigation in the Salt Lake City debate.

Harris got tangled in tax policy at one point and misleadingly suggested that Trump branded the coronavirus a hoax.

Altogether, the debate wasn’t the madhouse matchup of Trump vs. Joe Biden last week. But there were plenty of distortions. A sampling:

CLIMATE CHANGE

PENCE: “The both of you repeatedly committed to abolishing fossil fuel and banning fracking … President Trump has made clear we’re going to continue to listen to the science” on climate change.

THE FACTS:

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Harris, Pence both misquoted in false claim about debate

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Sen. Kamala Harris swiftly reclaimed her time when Vice President Mike Pence interrupted her at the vice presidential debate.

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The claim: Kamala Harris said Americans aren’t equipped to make decisions for themselves

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s debate, both vice presidential candidates’ words are being twisted online. A post on Facebook claims Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris have different perspectives on Americans’ capabilities.

The post attributes this quote to Pence: “Trump and I trust the American people to make choices for themselves and their families — Harris and Biden want to mandate how you care for yourself.”

And it attributes this quote to Harris: “The American people aren’t equipped to make these decisions for themselves.”

“If you ignore this entire debate… and focus on just one statement made by each candidate… it would be this one, because IT SPEAKS VOLUMES.

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AP FACT CHECK: Pence on Climate, Harris on Taxes, in Debate | Political News

By CALVIN WOODWARD, HOPE YEN, JOSH BOAK and ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Although more buttoned-up on the stage than his boss, Vice President Mike Pence nevertheless echoed many of President Donald Trump’s falsehoods in the one and only debate with Democratic rival Kamala Harris.

Pence muddied the reality on the pandemic, asserted Trump respects the science on climate change when actually the president mocks it, overstated the threat of voting fraud and misrepresented the Russia investigation in the Salt Lake City debate.

Harris got tangled in tax policy at one point and misleadingly suggested that Trump branded the coronavirus a hoax.

Altogether, the debate wasn’t the madhouse matchup of Trump vs. Joe Biden last week. But there were plenty of distortions. A sampling:

PENCE: “The both of you repeatedly committed to abolishing fossil fuel and banning fracking … President Trump has made clear we’re going to continue

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Vice presidential debate: Kamala Harris claims she won’t take vaccine if Trump recommends

Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she would not take a vaccine recommended by President Trump during a heated debate clash over the White House’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Harris accused Vice President Mike Pence, head of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, of failing to disclose critical information to Americans in the early days of the pandemic. When asked about a poll showing half of Americans would not take a vaccine as soon as it is available, Harris indicated that she was skeptical of Trump’s involvement in the rollout of a potential vaccine.

“If the public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it, absolutely,” Harris said. “But if Donald Trump tells us we should take it, I’m not taking it.”

Harris, citing a recent report from Washington Post journalist

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Fact-checking the vice-presidential debate between Pence and Harris

“When Joe Biden was vice president of the United States, not 7½ million people contracted the swine flu; 60 million Americans contracted the swine flu. If the swine flu had been as lethal as the coronavirus in 2009 when Joe Biden was vice president, we would have lost 2 million American lives.”

This is a silly apples-and-oranges comparison. Because the swine flu was not nearly as lethal as the novel coronavirus, there was not nearly as much need to halt its spread. Even with 60 million infections, there were an estimated 12,500 deaths. (Note: That was an after-the-fact report, based on statistical modeling of excess mortality. The death toll at the time was much lower.)

A New York Times assessment in 2010 noted that some flaws in the system were discovered, but overall the Obama administration was praised for its response — in part because it turned out that the

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Kamala Harris Doesn’t Trust Trump’s Word on Vaccines. She’s Not Alone

Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris questioned Donald Trump’s word on a potential COVID-19 vaccine in Wednesday’s debate, and polling suggests she is not alone in distrusting the president on this point.



Kamala Harris sitting at a table: Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) participates in the vice presidential debate against U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, on October 7, 2020.


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Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) participates in the vice presidential debate against U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, on October 7, 2020.

Harris was asked whether she would take a vaccine if one were approved by the Trump administration, during her head-to-head with Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday.

“If the public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it, absolutely,” she said. “But if Donald Trump tells us we should take it, I’m not taking it.”

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Live fact-checking vice presidential debate with Harris, Pence

Our VERIFY researchers fact-checked what Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris said during 2020’s first and only vice presidential debate.

Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Kamala Harris faced off in Wednesday’s vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City.

The debate unfolded as President Donald Trump recovers at the White House after testing positive last week for the coronavirus and spending several days in the hospital.

Our VERIFY researchers are working to fact-check the claims and statements both nominees made throughout the evening Refresh this story for updates. 

CLAIM: When Joe Biden was vice president, 60 million Americans contracted swine flu.

This is an accurate representation of CDC data, although the time range is not the same. According to the CDC, there were an estimated 60.8 million cases of H1N1 from April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010. 

The agency noted the number of cases ranged from 43.3 million

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Fact check: Claims from Mike Pence and Kamala Harris at the VP debate

PENCE, on the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation: “It was found that there was no obstruction, no collusion. Case closed. And then, Sen. Harris, you and your colleagues in the Congress tried to impeach the president of the United States over a phone call.”

THE FACTS: That’s a mischaracterization of Mueller’s nearly 450-page report and its core findings.

Mueller did not absolve the president of obstructing the investigation into ties between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. Instead, his team examined roughly a dozen episodes in which the president sought to exert his will on the probe, including by firing his FBI director and seeking the ouster of Mueller himself. Ultimately, Mueller declined to reach a conclusion on whether Trump had committed a crime, citing Justice Department policy against indicting a sitting president. That’s not the same as finding “no obstruction.”

On collusion, Mueller said he did not

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