V.P. debate: Pence rejects plexiglass barrier for his side of stage; team says ‘not needed’

V.P. debate: Pence rejects plexiglass barrier for his side of stage; team says ‘not needed’
VP Mike Pence (L); Sen Kamala Harris (R). YouTube videos; White House, CNN

[Ed. – The candidates and the moderator will be at least 12 feet from each other, and as Pence’s team points out, everyone is being tested every day.  The commission wanting to mandate a plexiglass barrier isn’t about legitimate safety concerns; it’s about making a propaganda point.  It sounds like the plexiglass barrier is designed to be visually obtrusive.  From the camera’s perspective, the candidates would each be speaking from behind a barrier as they face the moderator.  Talk about gratuitous emotional button-pushing.]

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that they had approved plans to install plexiglass barriers between the vice president and Sen. Kamala Harris, (D-CA) as well as between the candidates and debate moderator Susan Page.

But Pence’s team said Tuesday that a plexiglass divider is not medically necessary, as the candidates will now be 12 feet apart and both candidates continue to get tested.

Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, said that Harris was welcome to have a divider if she wished.

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“If she wants it, she’s more than welcome to surround herself with plexiglass if that makes her feel more comfortable,” Short said to the Washington Post. “It’s not needed.”

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