Biden gets Secret Service protection after protester run-ins

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service says Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is receiving its protection beginning this week.

A protester, at left, is held back by Jill Biden, center, and her husband, Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, right, during a primary election night rally Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Biden made the request earlier this month after a handful of testy interactions with protesters at recent campaign events.

During a Super Tuesday victory speech, two protesters rushed a stage in Los Angeles and came within a few feet of Biden.

The process for assigning a security detail to a candidate generally requires that campaigns initiate the request for protection.

The Secret Service does a threat assessment. The ultimate decision on whether to provide protection is made by the Department of Homeland Security.

Bernie Sanders has not requested protection.

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