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Veep is for victory: Pence braces for battle as he steps into Trump’s shoes

With the president sidelined, pressure is on the vice-president to turn Biden's lead around

Ben Riley Smith

Mike Pence, the US vice-president, announced on Saturday he would be holding a “Make America Great Again” campaign event this week even as he braces to potentially take over presidential duties should Donald Trump’s health deteriorate.

Pence will be in Peoria, Arizona - a battleground state - on Thursday with an unspecified number of supporters in attendance, despite criticism at the way the Trump campaign has handled in-person events during the pandemic. He is set to play a much more significant role on the campaign trail in the final month now that Trump and Trump family members have postponed all scheduled in-person events.

The debate scheduled between Pence and Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, for Wednesday evening in Utah is still set to go ahead, despite the outbreak upending the schedule. Organisers say the politicians will now be 3.5m apart during the debate, further than the usual gap needed to safely socially distance, in an abundance of caution. There were some calls for even more changes to the debate format, such as more tightly limiting the number of people who can watch in the room...

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