Speier calls on 2020 candidates to stop holding big public events amid coronavirus fears

Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierAir Force documents acknowledged ‘persistent’ racial bias in justice system HHS watchdog says actions should be free from political interference Five factors influencing when the House returns MORE (D-Calif.) called on presidential candidates to halt all large events until the extent of the community spread of coronavirus is better understood.

“Until we know the extent of the community spread of the coronavirus, I call on ALL candidates for President to stop holding public rallies & large scale events,” Speier tweeted Monday. “The CDC has been absolutely clear, people should not congregate in large groups. The candidates must lead by example!”

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE has said that he sees no reason to discontinue rallies but does not have any scheduled in the immediate future. Both former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) have declined to cancel their events thus far but said they would be willing to.

“I think that we’re going to follow the recommendations of the experts … and if they conclude that there shouldn’t be big indoor rallies then we’ll stop big indoor rallies,” Biden said in an NBC interview set to air Monday evening. “We’re going to do whatever they say.”

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Sanders said Sunday morning that his campaign was in contact with public health officials wherever he goes, adding, “I love rallies, but your point is well taken. We will not endanger the health of anybody in this country.”

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