Moderator Susan Page on Pence interrupting her during VP debate: 'I don't know that I've seen him in that kind of setting with a male moderator'

Senator Kamala Harris of California and Vice President Mike Pence. Alex Wong / Getty Images
Susan Page, who moderated the debate on Wednesday, thought that Vice President Mike Pence kept interrupting her when she tried to ask questions of the candidates.
When asked about the interruptions in a USA Today YouTube video on Thursday, Page, director of USA Today's Washington office, pointed out that the vice president acted similarly in the last vice presidential debate in 2016.
"Of course, he attended the vice presidential debate with a moderator four years ago, and he did similar things to that debate where he talked about her and talked about it," Page said during the video.
"I don't know I saw him in such an environment with a male host," she continued.
Post-debate analysis by CBS News found that Pence interrupted Harris twice as often as she did during the debate with him. Pence interrupted Harris ten times while she interrupted him five times.
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USA Today's Susan Page contemplated moderating the debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris on Wednesday and being interrupted by the Vice President.
Viewers noticed that Pence Page kept pausing during the debate, and the moderator kept repeating, "Thank you, Mr. Vice-President" in order to contain his responses.
When asked about the interruptions on a USA Today YouTube video on Thursday, Page said she "didn't know the answer" but noted that the Vice President acted similarly in the last Vice President Debate in 2016.
"Of course, he attended the vice presidential debate with a moderator four years ago, and he did similar things to that debate where he talked about her and talked about it," Page said during the video. "I don't know that I saw him in such an environment with a male host."
Page, who heads USA Today's Washington office, pointed out that both candidates had light indicators that signaled when they ran out of time to talk. During this time she threw in her replies to prevent her from speaking.
Page was criticized Wednesday night, and some said she failed to keep Harris and Pence within their allotted office hours. During one particularly heated moment in the debate, when the Vice President asked for more time, Page closed it.
"Your campaigns agreed to the rules for today's debate with the Presidential Debate Commission," she replied on Wednesday. "I'm here to enforce it, which means switching from one subject to another and giving you two about the same amount of time, which I try very hard."
Post-debate analysis by CBS News found that Pence interrupted Harris twice as often as she did during the debate with him. Pence interrupted Harris ten times while she interrupted him five times.
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