The Pence campaign was against it.
In light of growing worries about the spread of the coronavirus, the Commission on Presidential Debates has approved plans to use plexiglass for the vice presidential debate on Wednesday.
Vice President Mike Pence and California Sen. Kamala Harris, as well as the two candidates and moderator Susan Page, are anticipated to be separated by plexiglass. The Cleveland Clinic, which is assisting in establishing health guidelines for the forums amid the pandemic, supports the proposals.
The debate’s guidelines have recently been discussed between the Pence and Harris teams. The debate panel opted to shift the two candidates’ seats from seven feet to 13 feet apart after learning on Friday that President Donald Trump had contracted Covid-19.
The decision to build a plexiglass barrier, however, divided the two sides, according to persons involved with the discussions. Pence’s campaign was against it, while Harris’ was in favor.
Sen. Harris is free to build a fortress around herself, according to Pence spokeswoman Katie Miller.
Requests for a response from a Harris spokeswoman were not immediately entertained.
Plexiglass has been utilized in debates before; during the weekend debate between Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison and Republican incumbent Sen. Lindsay Graham, Harrison placed a plexiglass barrier between himself and Graham.
Though the Democratic candidate has since tested negative, several Democrats have expressed concern that Trump may have been contagious during his debate with former vice president Joe Biden last week.
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