Pence should ‘take our lead’ amid WH virus outbreak [Video]

A new coronavirus outbreak at the White House involving Vice President Mike Pence’s staff comes as the United States reported a near-record number of new cases on Saturday (October 24).

The United States reported 79,852 new infections on Saturday, closeclose to the previous day’s record of 84,244 new cases. Hospitalizations are also rising and have hit a two-month high and deaths are also trending upwards, according to a Reuters tally.

Late on Saturday a spokesman for Pence said Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, had tested positive for the new coronavirus. Pence and his wife tested negative earlier in the day and the vice president will not alter his schedule as he campaigns ahead of the Nov. 3 election, the spokesman said.

Speaking to reporters in Detroit on Sunday (October 25), Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said Pence should adhere to CDC guidelines to avoid contracting and possibly spreading the virus.

“I think what we have modeled the right and good behavior, and they should take our lead, you know,” Harris said.

Earlier in the month, two members of Harris’ staff also tested positive for coronavirus.

Video Transcript

KAMALA HARRIS: Listen. He should be following the guidelines. We’re doing it. I think we have modeled the right and good behavior, and they should take our lead. They are admitting defeat. And I’ve been saying that, and Joe Biden has been saying that since the beginning. This is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of America.

Here in Michigan alone, over 3,000 new cases just yesterday. This week alone, nationally we are breaking records for the number of people that are contracting a deadly virus. And this administration fails to take personal responsibility or responsibility in terms of leading the nation through this dangerous and deadly mass-casualty event. And that’s why they have forfeited their right to a second term in office.

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