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During a speech Sunday evening in Kinston, Vice President Mike Pence said he believes the 2020 election will decide “whether America remains America.”
“Let me say, for nothing less than our freedom, for nothing less than all the ideals that have always made this nation great and exceptional, North Carolina, we need to decide right here and right now that Joe Biden will never be president of the United States. We’re going to reelect President Donald Trump for four more years,” Pence told a crowd of cheering supporters at Kinston Regional Jetport with Air Force Two parked behind him.
Late Saturday, the New York Times and other outlets reported that five Pence advisers had tested positive for COVID-19, including Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff. Pence tested negative, the Times reported, and is keeping up his campaign schedule. His wife, Karen Pence, also tested negative. She’ll visit Wake County on Monday.
Pence did not address the positive cases in his remarks, instead covering ground that will be familiar to many who have been following the race closely or even just watched television commercials in recent months: that Democratic nominee Biden has been a politician for 47 years, that Trump restricted travel from China after the coronavirus started spreading, and that he believes Trump is the best person to lead America’s recovery from the economic devastation wreaked by COVID-19.