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When will Joe Biden begin 2020 US presidential election rallies?

US Democrat Joe Biden has announced his intentions for holding presidential campaign rallies during the coronavirus pandemic, which contrasts with Donald Trump.

When will Joe Biden begin 2020 US presidential election rallies?
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Former vice president and Democratic Presumptive Nominee for the 2020 Presidential election, Joe Biden, has made it very clear that this is the “most unusual campaign” and that he will not hold rallies for the remainder of run-in due to the coronavirus pandemic. Biden confirmed this during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, and said it was for the best because he wanted to help in reducing the risk of spreading the disease.

No campaign rallies for Biden during pandemic

I am going to follow the doc’s orders," said the 77-year old, "not just for me but for the country. I won’t be holding rallies.” This announcement came just two hours after President Donald Trump had cancelled his upcoming Alabama rally for the same reason.

Analysis of the presidential race shows that Donald Trump’s approval rating and poll standings are falling on the back of his response to and management of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. As well as making a number of gaffs in live briefings, he was quick to pressure governors to reopen the economy in mid-April and many states have since had to shut down some sectors again after seeing a spike in new Covid-19 cases.

Biden on the other hand has not been seen in public since the coronavirus pandemic as he followed the recommendations of health experts to stay at home. That was not the case for the incumbent president, as Trump held his first rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on 20 June. Although predicting a huge crowd, it appeared that the worsening situation around Covid-19 was enough to put people off and there was a much smaller turn out to show their support.

“The more that Donald Trump is out the worse he does. I think it is wonderful that he goes out," Biden said recently.

"I am being a bit facetious," he continued more seriously, "because it is dangerous what he is doing with these rallies.