A debate between Sen. Lindsey Graham and challenger Jamie Harrison got nixed after Graham refused to take a COVID-19 test

Sarah Al-Arshani
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  • A debate between South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison was canceled after Graham refused to get tested for COVID-19. 

  • Harrison demanded on Thursday that Graham take a COVID-19 test before they got together on the debate stage. 

  • The two candidates will separately participate in interviews with local reporters instead.

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A debate between South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and his Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison was canceled after Graham refused to take a COVID-19 test. 

The debate was scheduled for Friday night, but now Graham and Harrison will separately conduct 30-minute interviews with the local CBS News affiliate, WSPA-TV, The Post and Courier reported

On Thursday, Harrison demanded Graham take a COVID-19 test before they debated. 

"I'm excited for tomorrow's debate with @LindseyGrahamSC, but we need real leadership in this pandemic. The debate moderators and I have agreed to take a COVID test prior to debating. I've scheduled my test, and I am calling on Sen. Graham to do the same," Harrison said in a tweet.

Graham accused Harrison of "demanding special treatment" and "ducking the debate." 

President Donald Trump last week announced a positive coronavirus diagnosis. The announcement came days after he attended the first debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

On Thursday, a leaked Federal Emergency Management Agency memo revealed that thirty-four White House staffers and other contacts have been infected with COVID-19 in recent days. At least a dozen people who were around the president following an event in the Rose Garden on September 26, have also said they tested positive for the coronavirus, including two Republican senators. 

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