Five Pence Aides Test Positive for COVID-19; Pence Tests Negative

Headline Roundup October 26th, 2020

At least five people in Vice President Mike Pence’s circle have tested positive for COVID-19, including chief of staff Marc Short and senior political advisor Marty Obst. Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence tested negative on Monday. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows refused to comment on the extent of the outbreak on Sunday, telling CNN that “Sharing personal information is not something that we should do.” Senate Democrats asked Pence not to preside over Monday's confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, citing coronavirus concerns.

Coverage in right-rated outlets tended to report on Senate Democrats’ request and not on the outbreak itself. Some coverage in left-rated outlets focused on comments by Mark Meadows saying, “We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigations.”

Five Pence Aides Test Positive for COVID-19; Pence Tests Negative

From the Left
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Five individuals in Vice President Mike Pence's orbit have tested positive for the coronavirus, including his chief of staff Marc Short and political aide Marty Obst.

"Today, Marc Short, Chief of Staff to the Vice President, tested positive for COVID-19, began quarantine and assisting in the contact tracing process," Devin O'Malley, press secretary for the vice president, said in a statement Saturday.

Sunday morning, multiple sources familiar with the matter told ABC News that in addition to an outside political ally of Pence's, four of his staffers have tested positive....

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From the Center
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Top Senate Democrats are urging Vice President Pence to abandon plans to preside over Monday's vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court after several of his aides tested positive for the coronavirus.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and members of his leadership team sent a letter to Pence saying that in the wake of the recent coronavirus cases, presiding over the vote "is not a risk worth taking."

"Not only would your presence in the Senate Chamber tomorrow be a clear violation of Centers for...

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From the Right
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Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, Pence’s office announced.

Pence and his wife Karen both tested negative for the coronavirus on Saturday and “remain in good health,” Pence’s press secretary Devin O’Malley in a statement Saturday, and Short “began quarantine and assisting in the contact tracing process” the same day.

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