Joe Biden demands nationwide mask mandate until after the election

Joe Biden announced Thursday that he believed Americans should be wearing masks outside their homes until after the November presidential election to blunt the death toll of the coronavirus.  

'Every single American should be wearing a mask when they're outside for the next three months, at a minimum,' Biden said during brief remarks in Wilmington, Delaware. 'Every governor should mandate mask-wearing.' 

His new running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, chimed in saying, 'That is what real leadership looks like, we just witnessed real leadership' - though neither Democrat took reporters' questions.   

The presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden (right) announced Thursday that he believed there should be a nationwide mask mandate for the next three months to save the lives of 40,000 Americans from the coronavirus

The presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden (right) announced Thursday that he believed there should be a nationwide mask mandate for the next three months to save the lives of 40,000 Americans from the coronavirus 

Both Joe Biden (right) and his newly announced running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (left) appeared at the Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware wearing masks before they briefly addressed the public

Both Joe Biden (right) and his newly announced running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (left) appeared at the Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware wearing masks before they briefly addressed the public 

'That is what real leadership looks like, we just witnessed real leadership,' Kamala Harris said taking the podium and praising Joe Biden. Biden announced she was his pick for the vice presidency on Tuesday

'That is what real leadership looks like, we just witnessed real leadership,' Kamala Harris said taking the podium and praising Joe Biden. Biden announced she was his pick for the vice presidency on Tuesday 

Sen. Kamala Harris, wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, watches her running mate, Joe Biden, speak in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday

Sen. Kamala Harris, wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, watches her running mate, Joe Biden, speak in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday 

Biden and Harris participated in a briefing with medical experts Thursday on the COVID-19 crisis at Wilmington's swanky Hotel Du Pont and then each delivered short remarks.  

Biden said that experts estimated the move could save 40,000 American lives in the next three months, 'if people act responsibly,' the former vice president said.  

'It's not about your rights. It's about your responsibilities as Americans,' Biden went on. 'Again when I occasionally get confronted with a person in

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