The second TV fight between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss was cut short when presenter Kate McCann fainted live on air

The second TV fight between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss was dramatically halted and subsequently canceled after presenter Kate McCann passed out live on air.

The Tory leadership debate, which was being broadcast on TalkTV, was just over halfway over when a loud noise interrupted the British Foreign Secretary, who covered her face with her hands and said: “Oh my God.”

The debate was then taken off the air.

TalkTV apologized to viewers for not resuming programming, saying in a statement: “Kate McCann passed out on air tonight and although she is fine, medical advice has been that we continue the debate should not continue.

“We apologize to our viewers and listeners.”

McCann, TalkTV’s political editor, was scheduled to co-host The Sun’s Showdown: The Fight for No.10 that of the sun Politics Editor Harry Cole, but he tested positive for Covid-19 hours before the program aired.

The former chancellor and foreign minister tweeted shortly after the break to wish the journalist well.

Viewer Jordan Kiss, from Warrington, said: “We were honestly shocked by what happened.”

Mr Kiss, seated in a separate room at the Ealing studios, said: “The producers reassured us and told us that a paramedic was on site and that he was paying attention to Kate.”

Before the debate was dismissed, the two Tory rivals fell apart again as they fought for the support of their party members, with taxes and the economy causing the greatest acrimony.

Ms Truss said it was “morally wrong” to raise taxes during a cost-of-living crisis, but Mr Sunak quickly shot back, saying it was “morally wrong” to put more debt on future generations.

The Foreign Secretary said: “What has happened is that the tax on families has been increased through Social Security, so they have to pay more money to the Treasury.

“I think that at this moment, when families are struggling to pay for food, it is morally wrong that we have imposed taxes on ordinary people, even though we said in our manifesto that we wouldn’t, and even though we didn’t have to do this.”

Mr Sunak interjected: “What is morally wrong is to ask our children and grandchildren to foot the bill for the bills that we are not willing to pay.”

The two also quarreled over the increase in Social Security, which was used to fund the NHS and social care.

Describing himself as “brave” for introducing the £12billion tax increase to pay for social health care, the former Chancellor told the debate: “I made sure we gave the NHS the funding it needed needed to deal with the backlog and get all the care they needed and do so as quickly as possible.

“It hasn’t been easy for me, I’ve gotten a lot of criticism for it, but I think it was the right thing to do as I don’t think we can have an NHS that’s ultimately the country’s number one public service priority, which is is underfunded and unable to provide the care required.

“And so I think you can have peace of mind that the NHS is safe in my hands because I made a brave decision to give it the support it needs.”

On the other hand, Ms Truss said she would scrap the increase in Social Security and use general taxation to fund the NHS.

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