Mike Pence shows his worth by reaching the parts Trump cannot - 2020-08-16
Two green tractors were mounted on the podium. Beneath "Farmers & Ranchers for Trump" signs, the seated audience wore "Trump 2020" campaign regalia. They warmed up with The Best, YMCA and other songs familiar from Donald Trump's campaign rallies.
But when the headline speaker walked out at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, it was not the US president. Instead his deputy, Mike Pence, wearing an open-collar red checked shirt under his suit jacket, took centre stage and let rip against his new Democratic opposite number, Kamala Harris of California.
"Senator Harris said she would change the dietary guidelines in this country to reduce the amount of red meat Americans can eat," Pence said, eliciting boos. "Well, I've got some red meat for you. We're not going to let Joe Biden and Kamala Harris cut America's meat!"