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Jaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield

Jaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield

South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison set up a plexiglass barrier between himself and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamJaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield Democrats warn Supreme Court confirmation would endanger senators’ health, call for delay McCabe will not appear at Senate hearing, citing coronavirus concerns MORE (R) during their first debate of their tightening race on Saturday night.

Harrison stood with the barrier to his side during the debate that was held in Columbia, S.C. at Allen University. He addressed the move while he was calling on South Carolinians to hold elected officials accountable for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Democratic candidate said that “We shouldn’t blame anybody for the inception of this disease,” adding that “where blame should come is how we handle this disease, whether or not we take it seriously.”

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“Tonight I am taking it seriously. That’s why I put this plexiglass up because it’s not just about me, it’s about the people in my life that I have to take care of as well, my two boys, my wife, my grandmother,” Harrison said.

“Let’s take this issue seriously and do all that we can to not only take care of ourselves, but each other,” Harrison added. 

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Graham said on Friday that he was tested for COVID-19 after learning that Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeJaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield Doctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages on president’s health Trump given second dose of Remdesivir ‘without complication’, ‘not yet out of the woods’, Conley says MORE (R-Utah), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tested positive for the virus. Graham, chairman of the committee, said he tested negative. 

Guy King, the Harrison campaign’s communications director, said that Graham “should have” been in a self-quarantine, adding that his test results could be “inconclusive after such a recent exposure.”

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.”

“Jaime Harrison has always taken the coronavirus very seriously,” King said.

Harrison and Graham are set to face off again on Oct. 12 and Oct. 21. 

The Hill has reached out to Graham’s office for comment.

A slate of Republican lawmakers and officials have tested positive for coronavirus this week. Republican Sens. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisJaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield Doctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages on president’s health Trump given second dose of Remdesivir ‘without complication’, ‘not yet out of the woods’, Conley says MORE (N.C.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonJaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield Doctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages on president’s health Trump given second dose of Remdesivir ‘without complication’, ‘not yet out of the woods’, Conley says MORE (Wis.) both tested positive for COVID-19.

Washington was rocked early Friday morning after President TrumpDonald John TrumpJaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield Doctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages on president’s health Trump given second dose of Remdesivir ‘without complication’, ‘not yet out of the woods’, Conley says MORE announced that he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield Doctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages on president’s health Trump given second dose of Remdesivir ‘without complication’, ‘not yet out of the woods’, Conley says MORE tested positive for the virus. Trump on Friday was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is set to remain for several days.

Published at Sun, 04 Oct 2020 02:50:05 +0000