After Calling For Major Mandate, Biden and Harris Hurry Off Stage to Avoid Questions

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Posted: Aug 13, 2020 3:20 PM
After Calling For Major Mandate, Biden and Harris Hurry Off Stage to Avoid Questions

Source: (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden and newly minted vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris held their first "press conference" today in Delaware but didn't take any questions. 

Before walking off stage to avoid scrutiny, Biden and Harris each called for a nationwide mask mandate and also said every governor in the country should mandate the same. They said the mandate should last for three months, meaning it would end on November 13. The election is on November 3.

"Let's institute a mask mandate nationwide immediately," Biden said. "Every American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum.”

President Trump, on the advice of Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Facui, has suggested Americans should wear masks when they can't social distance. He has also called wearing a mask patriotic, but has stopped short of calling for mandates.

Holding "press conferences" and then making statements without taking questions is a strategy the Biden campaign has employed often.