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Biden, Pence cross paths at NYC 9/11 ceremony

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE and Vice President Pence exchanged pleasantries on Friday in a rare face-to-face meeting when both men attended a ceremony to honor the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The two arrived in Manhattan at the World Trade Center memorial site and greeted one another with an elbow bump. The two briefly spoke ahead of the service.

Biden and Pence stood alongside their wives. Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergAs Trump steps back in the spotlight, will Cuomo exit stage left? 'Lucky': How Warren took down Bloomberg Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison MORE, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination, stood between the two couples. Sens. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers face Capitol threat as senators line up votes for relief bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls MORE (D-N.Y.), as well as New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoAlbany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Another former Cuomo aide accuses him of harassment David Sirota: Media should 'apologize' for early coverage of Cuomo's pandemic handling MORE (D), were also in attendance and looked on as Biden and Pence exchanged hellos.

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Pence went on to speak at a Tunnel to Towers Foundation event. He recognized those who lost their lives on 9/11 and their loved ones and read a Bible verse. When Pence finished speaking, a few in the crowd shouted "four more years" and applauded.

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Biden is scheduled to visit the Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania later Friday. He will not cross paths with President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE, who visited the Shanksville memorial on Friday morning.

The greeting between Biden and Pence marked a rare show of respect during what has been an increasingly brutal presidential campaign. It also underscored how rare it has been to see the Democratic and GOP tickets cross paths as the coronavirus pandemic has upended the campaign.

Pence has decried Biden as a "Trojan horse" for a radical agenda and warned that law and order and the economy are on the ballot in November. Trump has levied more personal attacks, claiming the former vice president is mentally "shot" and the worst Democratic candidate for president in years.

Biden took heat from other Democrats in early 2019 when he called Pence a "decent guy." His criticism has otherwise been trained on Trump, whom he has accused of betraying the American people with his response to the pandemic.