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Pence, during trip to Wisconsin, dings for Biden for not visiting state in 659 days

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Vice President Mike Pence, while in Wisconsin on Wednesday, dinged Joe Biden for not being in the state this week as originally planned — drawing attention to how Democrats scrapped plans to hold the convention live from Milwaukee and opted for virtual speeches in light of the coronavirus crisis.

“I did hear the Democrats were supposed to have their national convention in Wisconsin, but they couldn’t make it,” Pence said at an event with Tankcraft Corporation, a metal manufacturer in Darien. “That’s really nothing new. I heard on the way here that Joe Biden hasn’t been to Wisconsin in 659 days.”

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Pence pointed out that President Trump and his son Eric Trump visited the state separately earlier in the week.

Though the former vice president had planned on giving his DNC acceptance speech from Milwaukee Thursday, Biden will remain in Delaware and give his speech from his home state. Biden has also chosen to conduct virtual campaign events in the wake of the coronavirus as opposed to traveling around the country to give his speeches in person.

Pence’s visit marks the fight over the swing state which voted red in 2016, when Trump narrowly won in the presidential election with a one percent gain over his opponent Hillary Clinton.

Trump won Wisconsin with 47.9 percent of the vote, whereas Clinton received 46.9 percent of the Wisconsin votes – meaning the Trump campaign won by just over 27,000 votes.

But Wisconsin voted blue in 2012 and 2008, with Barack Obama winning 52.8 percent of votes as opposed to Mitt Romney’s 46.1 percent in 2012, and 56.3 percent in 2008 compared to John McCain’s 42.4 percent of votes.

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“Get used to seeing us, because President Donald Trump and I are going to be back to Wisconsin again and again and again to earn four more years in the White House,” Pence said Wednesday. “When the other side’s online, we’re going to be on the streets.”

Even though Pence went after Biden’s campaign for cancelling the in-person convention, Trump’s campaign similarly cancelled their convention, which was meant to be held in Jacksonville, Fla. The Sunshine State has seen one of the highest increases in the number of coronavirus cases reported since the outbreak in the U.S.

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Instead, Trump is expected to deliver his acceptance speech from the White House while other Republican delegates will meet in person in Charlotte, N.C., for a few hours to announce their nomination. A reported 150 guests will be in attendance.

Details for the Republican National Convention, which is expected to run from Aug 25-27, have not been released yet.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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