Second lady Karen Pence’s office has released a statement defending her maskless appearance following the vice presidential debate on Wednesday when she greeted her husband, Vice President Mike Pence, on stage.
The maskless moment came after Pence and his challenger, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), concluded the debate and their spouses joined them on stage. Harris’s husband, Douglas Emhoff, kept his mask on throughout the entirety of the event. Pence kept her mask on throughout the entirety of the debate and then removed it when she walked on stage.
According to Kara D. Brooks, the second lady’s spokesperson, both campaigns had agreed that the moment would be maskless.
“Second lady Karen followed an agreement established between both campaigns prior to the debate,” Brooks said in a statement to The Hill. “Both sides agreed that the spouses would remove their masks when they walked onto the stage at the end of the debate.”