COLUMBIA — The second debate in South Carolina’s competitive U.S. Senate race was scrapped hours before it was scheduled to begin Friday night after Democratic challenger Harrison insisted that Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham take a coronavirus test in advance and Graham refused.Instead of an hour-long debate, the two candidates participated in separate 25-minute interviews hosted by television station WSPA in Spartanburg that covered a range of topics including the Supreme Court, economic relief during the pandemic, vaccines requirements for schools, police brutality, health care and more.The decision to move to a forum format put an end to tumultuous back-and-forth in the final 24 hours before the debate.
The court’s decision came Thursday night on a 6-to-2 vote that rejected an emergency appeal from the Trump administration.The challenge to the FDA regulation was brought by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists after the the agency relaxed similar regulations for other drugs–including opioids–in order to limit patients’ exposure to Covid-19 during the pandemic, but refused to relax the same rule for those with prescriptions for abortions with pills in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Federal Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland ruled in favor of ACOG, declaring that requiring such in-person pick-ups of pills during a pandemic posed “a substantial obstacle to women seeking an abortion.” The Supreme Court has long ruled that such substantial obstacles unconstitutionally interfere with a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy.
On Thursday night, the Supreme Court turned down the Trump administration’s attempt to block the lower court order. But the decision was more of a punt, than a long-lasting decree.
McEnany said in a statement that “after testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms.”
She added that according to the White House medical unit, she was not in close contact with any reporters, producers, or members of the press.
McEnany also said that she “definitively had no knowledge” that White House counselor Hope Hicks had tested positive for COVID-19 when McEnany held a press briefing on Thursday.