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Buttigieg: Candidates Should Rethink Public Events Over Virus

By    |   Monday, 09 March 2020 03:41 PM

The spread of coronavirus should cause presidential campaigns to rethink how their candidates should reach the public, not only for the safety of the candidates but for voters as well, Pete Buttigieg, who stopped his own campaign earlier this month, said Monday. 

"The style of campaigning has always evolved from people campaigning on their front porches — and just the crowds would come to them — to whistle-stop tours on trains," the former South Bend, Ind., mayor said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "Now, we might be forced by this crisis, but with all of the different capabilities and possibilities for reaching voters, we should find new ways to do this if it's the right thing to do — not just for the candidates' safety, but for that of the voters."

Both Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and President Donald Trump have said they have no plans to curtail their campaign activities. 

"Right now, we're running as hard as we can," Sanders told CNN, while Trump has said he thinks it's "very safe" to continue with his campaign rallies, which can attract thousands of people.

Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden told NBC News, in an interview to air on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt Monday evening, that he is looking to the Centers for Disease Control for advice on campaign changes. 

"We're going to follow the recommendation of the experts," Biden said. "If they conclude that there shouldn't be big indoor rallies, then we'll stop big indoor rallies. We're going to do whatever they say."

Buttigieg, who has endorsed former Biden's campaign, said that he thinks to continue with traditional campaign appearances could create a security issue. 

"I hope that each candidate is having a very serious conversation with their security teams, who probably are not traditionally focused on this form of security, but need to think about the security implications, again, for the candidate, yes, but for everybody involved, about practicing campaigning as we know it," he said.

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