Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden Jr., 77, was in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States on October 6, 2020. He delivered a speech in which he mentioned the measures imposed by the government to battle the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Wearing a mask is not a political statement,” CNN quoted Biden as saying. “It’s a scientific recommendation. Social distancing isn’t a political statement. It’s a scientific recommendation.”
“We can be so much better,” Biden continued. “We can be better starting today. We can have a national strategy that puts politics aside and saves lives. We can have a national strategy that makes it possible for schools and businesses to open safely.”
“This pandemic is not a red state or blue state issue,” the Democratic presidential nominee added. “It’s a virus. It’s not a political weapon.”
On the other hand, 45th U.S. president Donald Trump, 74, took to Twitter to downplay the threat of COVID-19. He was recently released from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, USA where he was treated after he tested positive for the virus.
Seeking reelection, Trump is running with Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, 61, the 48th U.S. vice president. Biden is running with vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, 55.
Biden was the U.S. senator from Delaware from January 3, 1973 to January 15, 2009. He served as the 47th U.S. vice president from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017 under the administration of 44th U.S. president Barack Obama, 59.
While the U.S. has yet to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are set to elect their 46th president and 49th vice president. The 2020 U.S. presidential election will be on November 3, 2020.
On December 14, 2020, the selected presidential electors will decide whether to reelect Trump and Pence or to elect Biden and Harris as the new president and vice president, respectively. If the Democratic candidates win, Harris will become the first female U.S. vice president .