Biden, Pence cross paths at NYC 9/11 ceremony

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama 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 BloombergEverytown hits GOP on gun safety in closing .5M battleground ad barrage A closing argument: Why voters cannot trust Trump on healthcare Biden campaign swamps Trump on TV airwaves MORE, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination, stood between the two couples. Sens. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Schumer says he had 'serious talk' with Feinstein, declines to comment on Judiciary role Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandInternal Democratic poll: Desiree Tims gains on Mike Turner in Ohio House race Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter's handling of New York Post article raises election night concerns | FCC to move forward with considering order targeting tech's liability shield | YouTube expands polices to tackle QAnon Democrats question Amazon over reported interference of workers' rights to organize MORE (D-N.Y.), as well as New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoState officials plead for more info on vaccine distribution plans Overnight Health Care: NIH chief: Trump has not met with task force in 'quite some time' | CDC reports 300,000 more deaths than expected this year | UK to start challenge trials for vaccine Cuomo: Travel within Tri-State area should be avoided due to COVID-19 spike MORE (D), were also in attendance and looked on as Biden and Pence exchanged hellos.



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.


Biden is scheduled to visit the Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania later Friday. He will not cross paths with President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida 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.