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Biden reiterates call for nationwide mask mandates at second event with Harris
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Biden reiterates call for nationwide mask mandates at second event with Harris

Joe Biden on Thursday called on governors across the U.S. to issue mask-wearing mandate to stem the spread of COVID-19.

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Joe Biden on Thursday called on governors across the U.S. to issue mask-wearing mandates to stem the spread of COVID-19.

"Every single American should be wearing a mask when they're outside for the next three months, at a minimum," Biden told reporters at a hotel in Wilmington, Delaware, with his newly minted running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. "Every governor should mandate mandatory mask-wearing," he added.

"It’s not about your rights, it’s about your responsibilities," Biden said.

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"When I get occasionally confronted by a person in public about wearing a mask, I say, 'look, this is America, be a patriot, protect your fellow citizens.'" Biden said. "Step up, do the right thing."

The event with Harris was their second public appearance together this week after Biden announced on Tuesday that he had chosen his running mate. The pair used the event Thursday to focus exclusively on their proposed coronavirus pandemic response.

Though Biden has previously called for nationwide mask-wearing mandates, that he would use his second ever event with Harris to reiterate the message underscores the role the pandemic is likely to pay in his campaign. His directive comes in contrast to President Donald Trump, who has shied away from such a mandate and only recently begun to consistently support mask-wearing.