Biden says he won't hold rallies due to coronavirus

Contrasting himself with President Trump, presumptive Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Tuesday said that he won’t be holding campaign rallies going forward due to the coronavirus.

When asked if would hold large-scale rallies — which public health experts warn against — Biden told reporters: “I’m going to follow the docs’ orders. Not just for me but for the country. And that means I’m not going to be holding rallies.”

And the former vice president — holding a news conference for the first time in nearly three months — acknowledged that latest “polling data is very good.” But with more than four months to go until the November election, Biden also said “it’s really early” and said he didn’t “want to jinx myself.”

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The 77-year old also pushed back against claims by Trump and his campaign that Biden’s lost his mental sharpness, saying he’s “constantly testing” for cognitive decline. And he stressed that he’s anxious to compare his mental capabilities with those of the president — and that he “can hardly wait” to debate Trump in autumn.

Biden started campaigning exclusively online — holding virtual events from his home in Wilmington, Del. — in mid-March

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