This is not Mike Pence’s first vice-presidential campaign debate. In 2016, he faced Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton’s running mate. It was a vigorous and contentious 90 minutes, and it gives a hint of what Mr. Pence might be like on Wednesday night when he debates Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate.

And a review of that 2016 matchup leaves no doubt that Mr. Pence knows the two things a vice-presidential candidate is supposed to do in a debate. The first is to defend the person at the top of your ticket, in this case President Trump. The second is to attack the person at the top of the opposing ticket: Mrs. Clinton in 2016, and Joseph R. Biden Jr. in 2020.

Mr. Kaine attacked Mr. Trump at every opportunity, and Mr. Pence was ready. He diligently defended his running mate. But typically, as was the case

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It’s hard to imagine the post-Covid-19 world in terms of business travel, but that hasn’t kept travel managers from trying. The outlook sounds pessimistic if you view it in terms of projected trips. Evaluated in terms of meeting value, however, it may look different. 

Speaking at last week’s Business Travel Show America virtual conference, Discovery travel management VP Yukari Tortorich, Microsoft global travel director Eric Bailey and tClara founder Scott Gillespie illustrated the contours of how business travel may be viewed as the world emerges from the grip of the pandemic and how travel managers may need to adjust their own value proposition—and knowledge base—as companies return to travel. 

Mass media company Discovery and technology giant Microsoft each have recovered less than 5 percent of their pre-Covid travel volumes to date, and both Bailey and Tortorich stated categorically that travel will not be considered the default option for business meetings

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