Plexiglass COVID-19 Barrier To Separate Mike Pence & Kamala Harris At Vice Presidential Debate
The vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) on Wednesday will be separated by a plexiglass barrier to help lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission, following a White House event that is being billed as a virus “superspreader,” with at least eight attendees, including President Donald Trump, receiving positive test results.
Both Pence and Harris have tested negative in recent days, and Pence has been working from home instead of at the White House.
However, the Commission on Presidential Debates have added several precautions, in addition to the plexiglass. The two candidates will be seated 12-feet apart, masks will be required for anyone at the event and all guests will have to undergo testing. At the first presidential debate, several members of Trump’s family did not wear masks while sitting in the audience.
Pence’s spokesperson Katie Miller ridiculed the additional measures saying, “If Senator Harris wants to use a fortress around herself, have at it.”
Miller herself had COVID-19 in May but recovered.
Sabrina Singh, a spokesperson for Harris, shot back on Twitter: “Interesting that … Katie Miller mocks our wanting a plexiglass barrier on the debate stage, when her own boss is supposedly in charge of the COVID-19 task force and should be advocating for this too.”
Interesting that @VPComDir Katie Miller mocks our wanting a plexiglass barrier on the debate stage, when her own boss is supposedly in charge of the COVID-19 task force and should be advocating for this too. https://t.co/4FYyMGxoSC
— Sabrina Singh (@sabrinasingh24) October 5, 2020
The vice presidential debate is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET and will take place at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City.