Biden and Sanders cancel Cleveland campaign rallies over coronavirus concerns
Composite image of former Vice President Joe Biden on NBC and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on MSNBC (screengrabs)

Former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders have both canceled their Tuesday night Cleveland, Ohio campaign rallies over coronavirus concerns.


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine did not ask the campaigns to cancel, but did suggest those considering attending avoid events where large crowds will be present.

Sen. Sanders' campaign cited "concern for public health and safety" during the coronavirus pandemic.

"We are heeding the public warnings from Ohio state officials, who have communicated concerns about holding large, indoor events during the coronavirus outbreak," the campaign said, according to Axios. "Sen. Sanders would like to express his regret to the thousands of Ohioans who had planned to attend the event tonight."

Vice News' DC correspondent Elizabeth Landers adds that the campaign says "All future Bernie 2020 events will be evaluated on a case by case basis."

The Biden campaign has not yet released a statement.

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