Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urged the nation to “come together” while speaking outdoors in a face mask at his first campaign event since learning that President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Biden spoke for about 20 minutes in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Friday evening. Speaking before the president was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center, Biden stressed that pandemic should not be used as “a partisan moment.”
“We can get this pandemic under control, so we can get our economy working again for everyone,” Biden said. “But this cannot be a partisan moment. It must be an American moment. We have to come together as a nation. I’m running as a Democrat, but I will govern as an American president. Whether you voted for me or against me, I will represent you.”
“This is the United States of America, there’s nothing beyond our capacity,” he continued while ending the speech. “I want to say God bless you. May God protect the first family, and every family that is dealing with this virus. And may God protect our troops.”
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— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 3, 2020
I’m happy to report that Jill and I have tested negative for COVID. Thank you to everyone for your messages of concern. I hope this serves as a reminder: wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 2, 2020