The latest on the 2020 election

By Fernando Alfonso III and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 10:36 p.m. ET, October 25, 2020
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10:43 a.m. ET, October 25, 2020

Pence and his wife test negative for Covid-19 Sunday morning

From CNN's Kevin Liptak and Daniella Diaz

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Alex Wong/Getty Images

Both Vice President Mike Pence and his wife tested negative Sunday for coronavirus, a White House official said. 

“This morning, both Vice President Pence and the second lady tested negative for Covid-19,’ the official said.

10:41 a.m. ET, October 25, 2020

Harris says Pence "should be following" Covid-19 guidelines

From CNN’s Jasmine Wright, Nicky Robertson, and Liz Turrell 

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Sen. Kamala Harris said Sunday that Vice President Mike Pence "should be following the guidelines" when it comes to mitigating the spread of Covid-19.

"We're doing it. I think what we have modeled the right and good behavior, and they just take our lead,” Harris said when asked if Pence should still be campaigning after his office confirmed Saturday that his chief of staff, Marc Short had tested positive for Covid-19. 

Additionally, CNN has confirmed three other staffers, as well as outside adviser Marty Obst, have also tested positive.

The Democratic vice presidential candidate cancelled travel a week ago “out of an abundance of caution” after two people in her orbit tested positive for the virus. 

Harris, speaking shortly after arriving at the airport in Detroit, Michigan, also responded to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows claims on CNN that “we are not going to control the virus.”

“They are admitting defeat,” Harris said “We are breaking records of the number of people that are contracting, a deadly virus, and this administration fails to take personal responsibility or responsibility in terms of leading the nation through this dangerous, dangerous and deadly mass casualty event. And that's why they have forfeited their right to a second term in office.”

10:26 a.m. ET, October 25, 2020

White House chief of staff says "we are not going to control the pandemic"

From CNN's Devan Cole 

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told CNN Sunday that the US is "not going to control" the coronavirus pandemic, as cases surge across the country setting national records.

Nearly 225,000 Americans have died from the virus.

"We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas," Meadows told CNN.

When asked by CNN's Jake Tapper why the US isn't going to get the pandemic under control, Meadows said: "Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu."

He added that the Trump Administration is "making efforts to contain it."  

"What we need to do is make sure that we have the proper mitigation factors, whether it's therapies or vaccines or treatments to make sure that people don't die from this," Meadows said.

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10:16 a.m. ET, October 25, 2020

White House chief of staff refuses to disclose extent of VP office outbreak 

From CNN's Sarah Westwood

During an interview on CNN, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows refused to disclose the extent of a Covid-19 outbreak in Vice President Mike Pence’s orbit, and he said Pence will be wearing a mask and social distancing when he resumes campaign travel today despite his direct exposure to the virus. 

“Sharing personal information is not something that we should do,” Meadows told CNN.

Meadows said such disclosures are only appropriate in the case of the President, vice president or those in their inner circle. 

“Anytime there’s someone in harm’s way, we have an obligation to let people know for contract-tracing," he added.

More context: Pence’s office announced Saturday evening chief of staff, Marc Short had tested positive for Covid-19. CNN has confirmed three other staffers as well as outside adviser Marty Obst have tested positive as well. 

Pence’s office said the vice president will continue with a scheduled trip to North Carolina today after he and wife Karen Pence tested negative for the virus Saturday. 

CNN’s Daniella Diaz contributed to this story.

9:40 a.m. ET, October 25, 2020

5 people in Mike Pence's orbit have tested positive for coronavirus, source says

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images
Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

Three staffers in Vice President Mike Pence’s office have tested positive for the virus in addition to his chief of staff Marc Short and outside adviser Marty Obst, according to a source familiar with the situation.

This brings the total number of people in Pence’s orbit who have currently tested positive to five.

There are concerns that more will test positive in the coming days, the source said.

“They’re scared,” the source said regarding staffers in Pence’s office

9:26 a.m. ET, October 25, 2020

WH chief of staff defends Pence's decision to campaign despite staffers' positive Covid-19 tests

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows defended the vice president's decision to stay on the campaign trail despite members of his staff — including vice president chief of staff Marc Short — testing positive for the coronavirus.

The White House is claiming that Vice President Mike Pence is an "essential worker" so it is not necessary for him to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and quarantine due to his close colleagues' positive tests.

When asked by Jay Tapper on CNN how campaigning is essential work, Meadows said that Pence is "not just campaigning."

The vice president's office said that Pence plans to hold a rally today in North Carolina. On Saturday, he held two events in Florida.

"I'm not saying he is not campaigning. I'm saying that is only part of what he is doing and as we look at that, essential personnel, whether it's the vice president of the United States or anyone else," Meadows said.

When asked how many people at the White House have tested positive for coronavirus, Meadows said, "We don't give out that kind of information."

9:22 a.m. ET, October 25, 2020

White House chief of staff reacts to the news of Pence's aides testing positive for Covid-19

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows wished the staff of Vice President Mike Pence well after some tested positive for Covid-19.

"We wish them the best. Obviously, anybody not just White House staff, but any American who comes down with this, we certainly wish them the very best and it's all about trying to make sure that we have the therapeutics, the treatments, and make sure that we can tackle this in a meaningful way and hopefully, we will be able to do that," Meadows told CNN this morning.

Several aides to Pence, including his chief of staff, have tested positive for coronavirus, CNN confirmed.

More context: The vice president's office announced Saturday evening that chief of staff Marc Short was diagnosed with Covid-19. Sources told CNN that Marty Obst, a senior adviser to Pence who is not a government employee, and another aide in Pence's office also tested positive for the virus.

The vice president's office has not commented on Obst or the staffer in Pence's office who tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days.

9:23 a.m. ET, October 25, 2020

Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida this week

From CNN's Liz Turrell

Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images
Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama will continue to stump for the Biden-Harris ticket, announcing he will travel to Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday. 

The former president has made stops in Philadelphia and Miami this past week on behalf of his former vice president’s presidential run.

9:30 a.m. ET, October 25, 2020

Several Pence aides, including chief of staff Marc Short, test positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins, Jeremy Diamond, Daniella Diaz and Betsy Klein

Marc Short speaks to the press on September 16, 2019.
Marc Short speaks to the press on September 16, 2019. Alex Brandon/AP

Several aides to Vice President Mike Pence, including his chief of staff, have tested positive for coronavirus, CNN confirmed.

The vice president's office announced Saturday evening that chief of staff Marc Short was diagnosed with Covid-19. Sources told CNN that Marty Obst, a senior adviser to Pence who is not a government employee, and another aide in Pence's office also tested positive for the virus.

The vice president's office has not commented on Obst or the staffer in Pence's office who tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days.

The developments raise new questions about safety protocols and transparency within the White House as the pandemic has killed more than 224,000 Americans.

Some context: The news comes just over a week before election day amid a blitz of campaign stops for Pence, who leads the White House coronavirus task force, including the vice president's trips to Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire in the last week.