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Pence Will Not Use Plexiglass at VP Debate Despite White House Outbreak

When the news broke late Tuesday that Trump aide Stephen Miller was just the latest White House staffer to test positive for COVID19, concerns regarding Wednesday night’s Vice Presidential Debate in Salt Lake City, Utah. Miller’s wife, Katie Miller, is Pence’s senior assistant and has already flown out to Utah with him. The Vice President’s office released a statement shortly after the announcement about Miller.

Pence was tested for the coronavirus before he departed Washington, DC, according to the statement, and was negative. The White House doctor signed off on his trip, saying he is “encouraged to go about his normal activities” and does not need to quarantine, despite all of the positive cases that surround him.

 

The choice to use plexiglass dividers was announced by the Debates commission on Monday night to ensure the virus is not spread at the debate as the White House deals with a growing number of infections. The commission and both campaigns had been met Tuesday to work out last-minute details and resolve any outstanding issues.

The commission stressed it is not a requirement that plexiglass surrounds Pence, who is ironically the head of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force and has much more contact with people who have become infected. Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris plans to bring her own plexiglass shield to the debate, while Pence has opted not to use one. The Debates Commission has okayed both candidates’ plans, but also stressed that no one will be allowed into the event without a mask, and the audience will be seated will the appropriate social distance measures.

The Vice Presidential Debate will be moderated by Susan Page of USA Today, who has not yet released the topics she’s chosen, and will air on all of the major and cable networks.

 



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