Pence calls 200,000 Covid deaths a ‘heartbreaking milestone’ but says things could’ve been worse

As the U.S. passed a grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus-related deaths, Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday sent his condolences to victims and their families while also saying things could have been worse.



Mike Pence wearing a suit and tie: Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a campaign rally at Lanconia Municipal Airport in Gilford, N.H.


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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a campaign rally at Lanconia Municipal Airport in Gilford, N.H.

Six weeks from the election, Pence spoke at a Make America Great Again event in Gilford, N.H., to raise support for President Donald Trump in a state that he narrowly lost in 2016. Addressing the news of the new 200,000 death count midday, Pence called it a “heartbreaking milestone.” He contended, however, that matters could have gotten much worse without what he said was Trump’s early action of “putting the health of America first,” along with the help of medical professionals and the sacrifice of American citizens.

“I know in my heart that we have

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