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Pence cancels events due to virus spikes, but will attend rally in Texas

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a coronavirus task force news conference at the Health and Human Services Department.
Vice President Mike Pence said Friday during a coronavirus task force briefing that he would be visiting Florida, Texas and Arizona to receive a “ground report” on spiking cases of COVID-19 across the regions, where Republican governors have come under criticism for pushing for aggressive reopening.
(Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

Vice President Mike Pence called off campaign events in Florida and Arizona this coming week as the states experience a surge in new coronavirus cases.

Pence will still travel to those states, which have set records for new confirmed infections in recent days, the White House confirmed, saying he will meet with governors and their health teams.

Pence said Friday during a briefing by the White House’s coronavirus task force that he would be visiting Florida, Texas and Arizona to receive a “ground report” on surging cases of COVID-19 across the regions. The three states’ Republican governors have come under criticism for pushing for aggressive reopening after virus-related lockdowns as cases in the states rise.

Pence is traveling to Texas on Sunday to attend a “Celebrate Freedom Rally” at First Baptist Church Dallas before meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott. But planned political events later in the week have been pushed off.

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On Tuesday, Pence was supposed to address a Trump-Pence campaign “Faith in America” event in Tucson before meeting Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in Yuma. The campaign event has been postponed.

In Florida, Pence was to embark on a bus tour Thursday, including an appearance in Lake Wales at an event organized by the pro-Trump group America First Policies, billed as the “Great American Comeback tour.” The group announced that “out of an abundance of caution at this time, we are postponing the Great American Comeback tour stop in Florida. We look forward to rescheduling soon.”

The Sarasota County Republican Party confirmed in a note to supporters that Pence’s campaign event along the Gulf Coast of the state was also postponed. He was still set to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis.


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