Gov. Ducey gets COVID-19, won’t visit Arizona border with Pence
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5/AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t attend a planned political event Monday with former Vice President Mike Pence, his spokesman said.
It is the first time Ducey, who has received three doses of vaccine, has tested positive for the virus. The governor is asymptomatic and continues to work from home, a spokesman for his office said. Ducey also scrapped plans to attend a speech Pence was scheduled to give in Phoenix following the border tour this morning.
“The governor welcomes Vice President Pence to Arizona and thanks him for his continued advocacy of border security,” the governor’s spokesman, C.J. Karamargin, said in a text message.
The Republicans had planned a border visit Monday morning, and then Pence plans to give a midday border security speech in Phoenix.
Both are working to amplify GOP messaging on border issues that they see as a potent political issue. Ducey co-leads the Republican Governors Association. Pence is seen as a possible 2024 presidential candidate. Pence’s visit to the Grand Canyon State also comes amid a series of House committee hearings looking into the Jan. 1, 2021, Capitol riot.
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