Pence cancels Florida campaign bus tour as state continues to see rise in coronavirus cases

Vice President Pence canceled a bus tour in Florida next week after the state experienced a rise in coronavirus cases. 

Pence had been set to appear in Lake Wales at an event next week organized by pro-Trump group America First Policies billed as the “Great American Comeback Tour.” The group announced Saturday that the event had been postponed “out of an abundance of caution.”

Pence is still traveling to Florida, the White House confirmed to The Hill, saying the vice president would meet with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and his health officials.

For the third time in four days, Florida broke its record for new daily cases of COVID-19, with the Florida Department of Health reporting nearly 10,000 new cases on Saturday.

In the past week, Trump has visited and held large events in Oklahoma and Arizona, where coronavirus cases are also on the rise. 

Hours before the Tulsa, Okla., rally, six Trump campaign staffers tested positive for the virus. In another round of testing after the rally, two more tested positive. 

Attendees at both the Arizona and Oklahoma events were required to agree that they would not sue the hosts if they contracted the coronavirus.

Pence on Friday defended the Trump campaign’s decision to hold large indoor campaign events amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite the federal government’s own guidelines advising that people practice social distancing and avoid large groups.

“The freedom of speech, the right to peaceably assemble is enshrined in the Constitution in the United States, and we have an election coming up this fall,” Pence said during a coronavirus task force briefing when asked about the rallies.

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