Mike Pence defies Florida’s soaring coronavirus infections to hit the Sunshine State for indoor pro-Trump rallies – as long as supporters agree not to sue if they are infected
- Pence is holding a ‘faith in America’ bus tour
- It will take him to Sarasota and Lake Wales
- He will meet Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has paused reopening amid a surge in infections
- President Trump held campaign events in Tulsa and Phoenix, but is scrapping a weekend trip to New Jersey
- Florida on Friday confirmed a record 8,942 coronavirus cases in a single day
- Pence heads the coronavirus task force and told Americans to listen to local and state authorities on whether to wear a mask
Vice President Mike Pence will campaign in Florida on a bus tour next week despite a surge in coronavirus cases as the state recorded an alarming 9,000 cases in a single day.
Pence will will deliver remarks at a ‘Faith in America’ event in Sarasota, the vice president’s office announced Thursday.
Pence is keeping up the example set by President Trump, who held a campaign rally in Tulsa Saturday night and spoke at an Arizona megachurch Thursday, in a state that is also experiencing a coronavirus spike.
Florida voters are welcome – so long as they agree not to hold the campaign or the venue responsible. Florida does not have a statewide mask-wearing order.
Vice President Mike Pence heads to Florida, where he has a campaign event Thursday
A total of eight Trump campaign staffers tested positive for the coronavirus immediately before and following the Tulsa rally, leading those that worked there to go into two-week quarantines. Dozens of Secret Service agents also went into quarantine after agents who attended a planning meeting in advance tested positive for the virus.
Afterward, Pence will tour Oakley Transport Inc. in Lake Wales and give a speech. The company is a leader in the ‘liquid, food grade transportation sector,’ according to its web site.
Pence touted his trip to Florida during a meeting of the coronavirus task force Friday – though he didn’t mention the campaign event.
‘I’ll be traveling to Florida on Thursday of next week to get a ground report’ on the coronavirus, Pence said.
The event is set for the Sarasota Events Center next Thursday
Pence’s trip comes despite a jump in Florida coronavirus cases
FILE – In this June 20, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla.
Pence says people should defer to state and local authorities on masks
FINE PRINT: Those signing up my sign a waiver asserting they ‘understand and expressly acknowledge that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present’
As at Trump’s Tulsa rally, attendees are being required to sign a coronavirus waiver when they apply for tickets.
Those seeking to see Pence also must sign it.
It states: ‘By registering for this event, you understand and expressly acknowledge that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.’
‘In attending the event, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and waive, release, and discharge Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; the Sarasota Event Center; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers from any and all liability under any theory, whether in negligence or otherwise, for any illness or injury,’ it says.
Pence on Friday refused to call on Americans to wear masks, saying they should listen to state and local authorities. He also dismissed a question about whether the campaign was setting the wrong example by holding a large indoor rally or an indoor event with young people who mostly avoided masks.
‘I want to remind you again that the freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States,’ Pence said.