Plexiglass will be installed between Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTwo 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report Biden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post MORE (D-Calif.) on the vice presidential debate stage in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, according to a source close to the Biden campaign.
The development, which was first reported by Politico on Monday, comes as a growing number of individuals in President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE's orbit have tested positive for the coronavirus, including the president himself, first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFormer aide sees Melania Trump as 'the doomed French queen': book If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again? Former Trump aide Stephanie Grisham planning book: report MORE, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and two assistant press secretaries.
Pence has tested negative for the virus, but the growing number of cases out of the Trump administration raised concerns about the upcoming debate, especially because the president and first lady tested positive two days after attending the presidential debate last week.
Following the president's diagnosis, the Commission on Presidential debates decided to space Harris and Pence 13 feet apart instead of seven feet apart.
The plexiglass proposal was reportedly supported by Harris's team but not Pence's.
“If Sen. Harris wants to use a fortress around herself, have at it,” Pence spokeswoman Katie Miller said in a statement to Politico.
Former Vice President BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE suggested he would be open to using plexiglass in the upcoming presidential debate on Oct. 15.
"I’m not an expert on it, but I think we should be very cautious," he said when asked whether plexiglass should be used at the forum.
South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison notably brought plexiglass to his debate against Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden meets with lawmakers amid domestic agenda panic MORE (R-S.C.) over the weekend.