A sprawling media tent outside of Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City is pictured on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in preparation for Wednesday’s vice presidential debate.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Vice presidential debate: Here’s how we arrived at this historic moment

SALT LAKE CITY — On Wednesday, the nation’s spotlight will be on Salt Lake City when Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence meet at the University of Utah for the vice presidential debate.

Moderated by Susan Page, the Washington bureau chief for USA Today, the debate will begin at 7 p.m. MDT in front of a socially distant crowd at the university’s Kingsbury Hall.

The debate comes at a tumultuous time, with President Donald Trump still recovering from COVID-19; Americans reeling from the physical, social and economic impacts of a global pandemic; months of civil unrest; concerns about election security; and a contentious first presidential debate.

It’s no surprise then that Wednesday’s debate, an event widely considered an afterthought for nearly 40 years, has garnered more attention than perhaps any other vice presidential debate. Here’s how to watch.

This debate began with an idea in 2014. Now, the event is finally here. Follow all of our coverage leading up to this historic moment.

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