Senator Lindsey Graham and his Democratic challenger met in their first face-to-face matchup on Saturday with Jaime Harrison bringing his own plexiglass shield behind which to stand.
Of his partition, Harrison said he was taking every precaution to keep himself and his loved ones safe.
'Tonight I am taking COVID 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 care of as well: my two boys, my wife, my grandmother,' he said.
'We're not going to blame the president. We shouldn't blame the president for the inception of this disease. We shouldn't blame anybody for the inception of this disease, but where blame should come is how we handle this disease, whether or not we take it seriously.'
Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison faced off against Senator Lindsey Graham in the South Carolina U.S. Senate debate at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina
South Carolina Democrat candidate Jaime Harrison set up a plexiglass shield
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.
Graham did not appear to be taking any such safety precautions during the first of three debates in which he and Harrison are scheduled to debate.
Harrison explained that he was doing so to protect members of his family
Twitter users appeared to be extremely impressed with Harrison's idea.
'Brilliant idea. Brilliant debate. And, it is my hope that @KamalaHarris does the same thing IF her debate is going to be in person. #WearAMask #BidenHarris2020,' wrote one Twitter user.
'So proud! Can't wait to vote for him!!!' added another.
Another user pleaded with Kamala Harris' team to do something similar at Wednesday's upcoming vice