October 6, 2020 at 2:59 AM EDT
VP debate to feature plexiglass barriers to increase safety
By Chelsea Janes, Josh Dawsey and Matt Viser
The vice-presidential debate set for Wednesday will feature plexiglass barriers between Vice President Pence (R), Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and the moderator, organizers said Monday, amid a growing dispute over whether in-person debates should be held at all.
The Commission on Presidential Debates agreed to the request from the Biden campaign. The Trump team did not object, though “they didn’t want the vice president surrounded by plexiglass,” said commission co-chairman Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. “They don’t want to have him in what looks like a box.”
Top Pence advisers said late Monday they did not support plexiglass for their candidate and that discussions were ongoing.