Pence: I Should Have Worn Mask

VP changes his tune on Mayo Clinic visit
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2020 12:01 AM CDT
Pence: I Should Have Worn Mask
Vice President Mike Pence, center, visits Dennis Nelson, a patient who survived the coronavirus and was going to give blood, during a tour of the Mayo Clinic Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Rochester, Minn.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

(Newser) – The vice president is reversing course. "I didn't think it was necessary but I should have worn the mask at the Mayo Clinic," Mike Pence said Sunday at a Fox News virtual town hall, per CNN. Pence—and his wife—have previously said that since the VP is tested for COVID-19 so frequently and knew he wasn't infected, he saw no reason to wear a mask during his tour of the facility, even though everyone else wore one. Politico claims Pence nodded "sheepishly" when asked about the mask incident during the town hall. (More from the town hall here and here.)

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