If there’s one word that can perfectly describe Jaime Harrison in his first debate against Sen. Lindsey Graham, it’s “prepared.”
On Saturday, Harrison — South Carolina’s Democratic Senate candidate — spent the debate masterfully discussing key issues such as the Supreme Court nominee, COVID-19, and more with the Republican senator. But Harrison didn’t stand out solely for his words. His actions, one in particular, also made quite a statement.
Though social distancing was enforced at the debate, Harrison showed up with his own large plexiglass divider, which he placed between himself and Sen. Graham to show that he’s taking the coronavirus as seriously as possible.
“Tonight I am taking this seriously,” Harrison said after sharing how the virus has impacted him personally. “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.”
“Let’s take this issue seriously and do all that we can to not only take care of ourselves but each other,” Harrison later added.
Though Sen. Graham, who’s seeking his fourth term, tweeted on Oct. 2 that he tested negative for COVID-19, there’s a chance he may have been exposed to the virus earlier in the week by Utah Senator Mike Lee.
Sen. Lee announced that he tested positive for the virus on Friday, and though Sen. Graham tested negative, exposure to the virus is nothing to take lightly. Symptoms, along with a positive diagnosis, could show up days later, which is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages people to self-quarantine for 14 days after exposure.
And with news that Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 just days after sharing the debate stage with Joe Biden, Harrison wasn’t taking any chances.
You can watch the full debate here.