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Speier calls on 2020 candidates to stop holding big public events amid coronavirus fears

Speier calls on 2020 candidates to stop holding big public events amid coronavirus fears
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Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierPentagon puts on show of force as questions circle on COVID-19 outbreak Candymakers meet virtually with lawmakers for annual fly-in, discuss Halloween safety COVID-19 sparks national security concerns with top brass in quarantine MORE (D-Calif.) called on presidential candidates to halt all large events until the extent of the community spread of coronavirus is better understood.

“Until we know the extent of the community spread of the coronavirus, I call on ALL candidates for President to stop holding public rallies & large scale events,” Speier tweeted Monday. “The CDC has been absolutely clear, people should not congregate in large groups. The candidates must lead by example!”

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE has said that he sees no reason to discontinue rallies but does not have any scheduled in the immediate future. Both former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll Ivanka Trump raises million in a week for father's campaign On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTlaib, Ocasio-Cortez offer bill to create national public banking system Cutting defense spending by 10 percent would debilitate America's military The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy MORE (I-Vt.) have declined to cancel their events thus far but said they would be willing to.

“I think that we're going to follow the recommendations of the experts … and if they conclude that there shouldn't be big indoor rallies then we'll stop big indoor rallies,” Biden said in an NBC interview set to air Monday evening. “We're going to do whatever they say.”

Sanders said Sunday morning that his campaign was in contact with public health officials wherever he goes, adding, “I love rallies, but your point is well taken. We will not endanger the health of anybody in this country.”