Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) will reportedly be receiving some extra assistance on the campaign trail.
According to reports, Biden has been granted Secret Service protection which will take effect Tuesday.
CNN obtained a statement from a Secret Service spokesperson. It reads:
“The U.S. Secret Service can confirm Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf, along with the Congressional Advisory Committee has authorized that the Secret Service provide physical protection for presidential candidate, former vice president Joseph Biden. As a matter of practice and for operational security reasons, the Secret Service does not discuss our protectees, protective means, methods and or protective responsibilities.”
The Secret Service decision comes shortly after protesters stormed the stage during Biden’s Super Tuesday speech. Protesters from the group Direct Action Everywhere approached the stage yelling, “Let dairy die,” as IJR previously reported.
Biden’s concern for his wife grew after she tried to stop one of the female protesters.
“I wasn’t scared for me, I was worried for Jill… She did the same thing at another event in New Hampshire,” said Biden, as IJR previously reported.
The Biden campaign submitted a formal request for protection last week, according to CNN.
Biden’s team is currently taking a different approach to the campaign trail as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
After canceling rallies in Florida and Illinois, he held virtual events for the masses.
This week he wrote in a tweet calling for unity amid the crisis.
“The coronavirus pandemic is bigger than any one individual. This moment requires all of us to come together — across the country and around the world — to solve this crisis,” said Biden.
The coronavirus pandemic is bigger than any one individual. This moment requires all of us to come together — across the country and around the world — to solve this crisis. pic.twitter.com/cbPrIYyjsa— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 16, 2020
The 2020 presidential hopeful leads Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on the delegate count. The two candidates are set to vie for more delegates in primaries set for Tuesday in Arizona, Florida, and Illinois.