Biden presses science and caution on pandemic

Biden presses science and caution on pandemic
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along 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 Devi HarrisNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE (D) is seen as the favorite, with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenKamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high Hillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick MORE (D-Mass.) and former national security adviser Susan Rice also considered serious contenders, along with Reps. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassHillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg hails Harris's VP nomination Women on Biden's rumored VP short list tweet support for choice of Harris MORE (D-Calif.) and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsKamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along Centrists, progressives rally around Harris pick for VP Hillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick MORE (D-Fla.) and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D).  

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Biden described himself as "the antithesis" of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district 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.