The South Carolina Democrat, who wanted to replace incumbent Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, took a seemingly unique approach during his debate on Saturday to emphasize the coronavirus issue.
He wrapped himself in plexiglass.
Candidate Jaime Harrison shielded himself during the debate phase by using a transparent partition wall when the two candidates met on the stage at Allen University in Columbia – before the state’s voters went to the November election.
Graham and Harrison spoke from a distance of 13 feet after both candidates tested negative for the virus on Friday, according to The Associated Press.
But Harrison said he used the partition anyway and told reporters that he wanted to take every precaution to protect himself and his loved ones.
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“It’s not just about me, it’s about the people in my life that I have to take care of – my two boys, my wife, my grandma,” Harrison, 44, said, according to the AP.
Harrison’s campaign claimed the Democrat’s use of the partition was in line with federal government recommendations that anyone in close contact with anyone infected with the virus should be quarantined for 14 days.
Graham, 65, had recently spent time with fellow Senate Republicans, including some of those who confirmed last week that they had tested positive for the virus, the AP reported.
When asked about the debate over President Trump and other Republicans who recently caught the virus, Graham said he preferred to focus on how the U.S. government and economy can function despite the deadly pandemic.
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“The virus is a problem that originated in China, not Trump Tower,” Graham said, according to the AP.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found Graham and Harrison were linked with support from 48 percent of voters, Politico reported.
Graham and Harrison will debate again next Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.