Oct 3, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Pence to hold campaign rally in Arizona

Pence stands behind a podium

Vice President Mike Pence at a MAGA rally in Gilford, NH on Sept. 22. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence will hold a MAGA rally in Peoria, Arizona next Thursday, following the campaign's plan to keep the VP on the road after President Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.

Why it matters: Pence, who tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday and reportedly again on Saturday, will likely be speaking to a large crowd that will not be socially distanced unless new guidelines are issued.

  • The campaign will be handing out face masks and encouraging supporters to wear them, spokesperson Tim Murtaugh said in an emailed statement, noting attendees will also be given temperature checks and pass out hand sanitizer. The campaign declined to say if social distancing requirements would be in place.

Driving the news: Trump's previously scheduled campaign events will all be virtual or delayed as Election Day nears, after he and the first lady tested positive for the coronavirus, the campaign announced Friday.

What to watch: The first vice presidential debate is slated for Oct. 7, the day before the Arizona event.

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