Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCDC working to tighten testing requirement for international travelers On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Manchin seeks 'adjustments' to spending plan 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 BloombergThe economic challenges facing Jerome Powell and Joe Biden Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Democrats are sleepwalking towards electoral disaster in 2022 MORE, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination, stood between the two couples. Sens. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The omicron threat and Biden's plan to beat it Lawmakers take aim at 'Grinches' using bots to target consumers during holidays Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandGillibrand, bipartisan lawmakers push to keep military justice overhaul in NDAA Klobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan MORE (D-N.Y.), as well as New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoTrump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension CNN suspends Chris Cuomo indefinitely Meghan McCain calls for CNN to fire Cuomo MORE (D), were also in attendance and looked on as Biden and Pence exchanged hellos.
Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanFox News anchor deletes tweet suggesting Powell's death 'raises new concerns' about vaccine efficacy Peter Navarro mistakenly blasts Maggie Haberman for Katie Rogers' Grisham story Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' MORE (@maggieNYT) September 11, 2020
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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.
Biden is scheduled to visit the Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania later Friday. He will not cross paths with President TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension 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.