Pence Vs. Harris: Vice Presidential Candidates Set For Debate

(NBC News) The stage is set for tonight’s Vice Presidential Debate, with Plexiglass shields front and center.

The barriers, in place to cut the risk of COVID-19 infection, were an early point of contention between the campaigns.

They were added after President Trump and several White House staffers Vice President Mike Pence has been in contact with were diagnosed with coronavirus.

Pence and Senator Kamala Harris will be seated just over 12 feet apart, instead of seven as initially planned. It’s another coronavirus protection put in place as the candidates sit down face-to-face for the first and only time during the campaign.

Analysts say for Vice President Pence the goal is to present the Republican agenda, paint the Democratic ticket as too far left of most Americans, and point out the administration’s work over the last four years.

Senator Harris, a former prosecutor, is expected to focus on that point as well.

“I’m looking for rather than Senator Harris fact-checking him every 30 seconds, but holding his feet to the fire for what he is responsible for and what his boss is responsible for,” says Washington Post opinion columnist Jonathan Capehart.

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