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Politics Lindsey Graham's Democratic challenger, Jaime Harrison, shielded himself with a plexiglass partition during their first debate

10:35  04 october  2020
10:35  04 october  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Lindsey Graham took what appeared to be a unique approach to stressing the coronavirus issue during their He wrapped himself in plexiglass . Candidate Jaime Harrison shielded himself on the debate stage by Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison speaks during the South Carolina U. S

Lindsey Graham backlash powers Democratic Senate challenge in red South Carolina. "This should be Graham ' s most competitive election since his first contest in 2002," said Gibbs Knotts, a He's integrating community service with his campaign, with an initiative he calls " Harrison Helps."

Jaime Harrison standing on a stage: Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison speaks during the South Carolina U.S. Senate debate with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at Allen University in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Joshua Boucher/The State via Associated Press © Joshua Boucher/The State via Associated Press Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison speaks during the South Carolina U.S. Senate debate with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at Allen University in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Joshua Boucher/The State via Associated Press
  • Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham faced off with his Democratic challenger, Jaime Harrison, in their first debate on Saturday, amid record-shattering fundraising efforts from Democrats.
  • Harrison's podium was set 13 feet away from Graham's, and shielded with a plexiglass partition.
  • "Its 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 grandma," Harrison said.
  • The incident comes after multiple Republican senators and others in President Donald Trump's inner circle tested positive for the coronavirus, though Graham has tested negative.
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In their first debate in a race that has shattered fundraising records and become among the more closely watched Senate contests of this cycle, US Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison drew multiple contrasts between their campaigns but also both portrayed themselves as willing to work across the aisle to achieve legislative progress.

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Lindsey Graham is statistically tied with Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison , with the staunch pro-Trump "While South Carolina does not support impeaching President Trump, a majority of voters would like Senator Graham to approach the impeachment inquiry with an open mind, rather than leap

A Democratic challenger to Lindsey Graham ’ s South Carolina Senate seat in 2020 formally announced his campaign launch on Wednesday. Harrison , who was the state Democratic party’s first black chairman and served as an aide to Rep.

The candidates spoke from podiums 13 feet apart. Harrison's podium was shielded on the side closest to Graham by a plexiglass partition, something the campaign said was used in accordance with federal recommendations that anyone in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days.

Both candidates say they tested negative Friday, but Graham has recently met with other Senate Republicans — several of whom have tested positive for the coronavirus — as well as with Trump, currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

"You have nothing to be afraid of, when it comes to me," Graham said to Harrison, in his opening statement, a reference to the plexiglass.

Of his partition, Harrison said he was taking every precaution to keep himself and his loved ones safe.

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I'm encouraged, but the headline still uses Lindsey Graham ' s name first and addresses Mr. Harrison as " Lindsey Graham ' s Democratic challenger ". Journalists are accused of having a liberal bias, but in my experience they inadvertantly do things favoring conservatives.

Jaime Harrison is vying to become South Carolina' s second black sitting U. S . senator. When I was in South Carolina in February for the Democratic primary, I sat down with Jaime Harrison . His race to defeat Graham has gone from improbable to possible.

"Its 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 grandma," Harrison said.

He added that he was taking the virus "seriously," particularly after his great-aunt died alone in a nursing home in July.

Graham and Harrison sparred over Republicans' efforts to confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election

In his pursuit of a fourth term, Graham — chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — also argued the case for his chief congressional goal at the moment: the confirmation of President Donald Trump's latest Supreme Court nominee.

After Harrison — an associate Democratic National Committee chairman and former lobbyist — said Saturday night that he and his wife were still paying off their student loans, Graham snapped back that, given what he's seen of Harrison's income from released tax returns, "You're a multimillionaire, and you can't pay off your student loans?"

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Lindsey O. Graham (R) is the impala to the cheetah that is Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison . An internal poll from the Harrison campaign released Monday shows that Harrison , the former chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, within two percentage points of Graham , who

Democrats are mounting a vigorous Senate campaign, backing Jaime Harrison , a candidate with strong fund-raising. But as they argue that Mr But as they argue that Mr. Graham has become too conservative for the state, the senator has gained supporters. Since fully embracing President Trump

Harrison described himself as willing to work with Republicans on a variety of issues, describing when, as state Democratic chairman, he became close friends with his GOP counterpart. He also critiqued the longtime lawmaker's previous support of 12-year term limits and added, "I do believe the ultimate term limit is in the power of the people here in South Carolina."


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In response, Graham promoted himself as a conservative unafraid to work with Democrats, mentioning issues like immigration, and telling voters, "You can limit my term on Nov. 3 if you'd like."

From his opening statement and throughout nearly every answer of the hourlong debate, Graham worked in his support for a conservative judiciary and particularly Amy Coney Barrett, whom he called a "buffer to liberalism" he hoped "won't be treated like Kavanaugh" in her upcoming confirmation hearings.

a man and a woman standing in a room: Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, left, and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, right, R-S.C., face off in the South Carolina U.S. Senate debate at Allen University in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Joshua Boucher/The State via Associated Press © Joshua Boucher/The State via Associated Press Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, left, and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, right, R-S.C., face off in the South Carolina U.S. Senate debate at Allen University in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Joshua Boucher/The State via Associated Press

It was Graham's fiery 2018 defense of Brett Kavanaugh that helped cement his now-close relationship with Trump, as well as renew support with some who hadn't seen Graham as conservative enough to represent South Carolina. That moment, Graham said Saturday, also riled up liberals he now says are pouring $100 million into Harrison's campaign and groups supporting him, to try to oust Graham.

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Jaime Harrison , the first African American chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party and now associate chair of the Democratic National Harrison ’s campaign raised nearly million by the end of June, compared with Graham ’ s .9 million. Two recent polls, by Morning Consult and Quinnipiac

BREAKING: Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison just challenged Lindsey Graham to four debates . Hope Harrison has them even if Graham doesn’t accept. Be a great way to get his platform out and some digs at Graham ’ s conduct at the same time.

"Where the hell is all this money coming from?" Graham asked. "This is about liberals hating my guts when I stood up for Kavanaugh. This is about me helping President Trump."

Harrison, 44, castigated Graham, 65, for what he characterized as contradictory positions on whether it's appropriate to fill Supreme Court vacancies in a presidential election year.

"Senator, you said 'use my words against me,'" Harrison said, referencing Graham's 2018 comments on the subject. "Your promise was that no judicial nominee should be approved during the last year of an election. ... How good is your word?"

Graham, pointing several times to his support of two of President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominees, said Barrett "is going to be confirmed because the president has the constitutional authority to do it."

Graham and Republican leaders have faced questions over their response to the coronavirus

a person sitting on a stage: Sen. Lindsey Graham, right, R-S.C., and moderator Judi Gatson, elbow bump after the first debate between Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, left, on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Associated Press/Meg Kinnard © Associated Press/Meg Kinnard Sen. Lindsey Graham, right, R-S.C., and moderator Judi Gatson, elbow bump after the first debate between Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, left, on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Associated Press/Meg Kinnard

The ongoing pandemic also played a role, both on stage and in debate structuring. No members of the public were allowed to attend the event at Allen University, a historically Black institution in Columbia. Media and campaign staff inside were spread out and required to complete questionnaires declaring no exposure to or symptoms of coronavirus.

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After several senators announced testing positive for COVID-19, Republican leaders on Saturday announced a refrain from legislative work until Oct. 19 that leadership says won't derail Barrett's hearings, set to begin Oct. 12. With two committee members recently contracting the coronavirus, Graham said Friday that senators could attend virtually.

Asked later about the number of public officials recently contracting COVID, Graham reiterated a commitment to keep the economy and government working amid the pandemic and noting, "The virus is a problem that came out of China, not Trump Tower."

He also accused Trump critics of unfairly attacking the president for contracting a highly contagious virus.

"President Wilson got the Spanish Flu right after World War One. And we live in such unusual times — I doubt anyone attacked him," Graham said.

Officials with Harrison's campaign said they raised $340,000 during the debate and the hour that followed it. Graham's campaign said they "don't discuss those numbers." The two men are next scheduled to debate Oct. 9.

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