Former Vice President Joe Biden said Democratic presidential candidates might need the Secret Service, citing the protester who invaded the stage he and his wife were on earlier this week before being tackled by a campaign adviser.
“Thats something that has to be considered the more outrageous it becomes,” Biden, 77, said during an appearance on NBCs “Today” show on Thursday.
Biden said he was “worried about” his wife, Jill Biden, who grappled with the protester before campaign adviser Symone Sanders tackled the woman.
“She did the same thing at another event in New Hampshire when a guy I didnt even see him coming behind me … and she runs up and grabs him,” Biden said, referring to his wife.
“She and my daughter have more courage than I think. Anyway thats what I worry about, I worry about Jill,” he added.
Biden said its becoming increasingly apparent that the remaining candidates require protection by the Secret Service, a federal law enforcement agency that protects top officials in America.
People arent permitted to gain access to stages the candidates are on. The protester in Los Angeles held a sign reading “Let Dairy Die” before Jill Biden grabbed the woman and Sanders rushed over and tackled her. A second protester was also blocked by Jill Biden.
“The last thing we need is anybody hurt,” Biden said.
Robert Gibbs, a press secretary during President Barack Obamas administration, called for Secret Service for both Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) after the Los Angeles situation.
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