VP debate to install plexiglass between Pence and Harris

VP debate to install plexiglass between Pence and Harris
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Plexiglass will be installed between Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden announces all-female White House communications team Biden to nominate Neera Tanden, Cecilia Rouse to economic team: WSJ Memo to Biden: Go big — use the moment to not only rebuild but to rebuild differently 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 John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE's orbit have tested positive for the coronavirus, including the president himself, first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony 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 Biden 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 GrahamIs Trump headed to another campaign or to a courtroom? Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE (R-S.C.) over the weekend.