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Biden presses science and caution on pandemic

Biden presses science and caution on pandemic
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE emphasized the importance of approaching the coronavirus pandemic with caution and touched on his running mate selection process during a wide-ranging question-and-answer session with reporters on Tuesday. 

The remarks, which were made in Wilmington, Del., followed Biden's address unveiling his plan to combat racial inequality in the economy

When asked whether professional sports should be allowed amid the pandemic, Biden said, "They should just follow the science."

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"It seems to me that it’s probably not going to be able to happen based on what the leagues themselves are saying,” he said referring to a recent outbreak of the virus that resulted in MLB suspending the rest of the Miami Marlins' season on Tuesday. "I mean you have the Marlins saying, we can't do it. So I think they should probably just follow the science."

Biden also confirmed to reporters that he would choose a running mate by the first week of August. 

“I’m going to have a choice the first week in August and I promise I’ll let you know when I do,” Biden said. 

The comments come as speculation swirls around potential candidates for the position. 

California Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized What the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Vice President Harris receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine MORE (D) is seen as the favorite, with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis Financial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief Tim Ryan says he's 'looking seriously' at running for Portman's Senate seat MORE (D-Mass.) and former national security adviser Susan Rice also considered serious contenders, along with Reps. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassDemocrats point fingers on whether Capitol rioters had inside help Rep. Bass tweets photo of Trump in response to FBI call for information on rioters San Francisco mayor says Harris replacement pick 'a real blow to the African American community' MORE (D-Calif.) and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSeven Senate races to watch in 2022 Demings on Florida: 'We're excited about what we're seeing' but 'taking absolutely nothing for granted' Why it's time for a majority female Cabinet MORE (D-Fla.) and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D).  

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Biden described himself as "the antithesis" of President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE when asked why he is running.

"I'm running because Trump is the president. And I think our democracy is at stake, for real. And what seems to be the case is many Americans, those who don't like me and those that do, view me as the antithesis of Trump. And I believe that I am," Biden said. 

Biden currently leads Trump in most national-level and swing state polls. The Real Clear Politics polling average shows Biden with a nine-point lead nationwide.