Biden, Harris push nat’l face mask mandate

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., arrive to speak at a news conference at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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UPDATED 4:50 PM PT – Thursday, August 13, 2020

Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) have called for a national face mask mandate and sweeping contact tracing. In a joint statement to the press, the two said all Americans must wear masks everywhere for at least the next three months to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Biden added all governors must enforce stringent face mask requirements moving forward.

“It’s not about your rights, it’s about your responsibilities as an American,” he said. “Look, this is America, be a patriot.”

For her part, Harris suggested their administration would focus on contact tracing and mass vaccination of all Americans.

“Hiring at least 100,000 Americans to lead us through contact tracing as soon as we take office, chart a clear path forward for a safe and effective vaccine, and guarantee every American equal access to it,” stated the senator. “That’s what real leadership looks like.”

According to the former vice president, over 40,000 lives could be saved if every American wore a mask under his national mandate.

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The president responded to the mandate by questioning Biden’s motivation and his ability to enforce such a move.

“While Joe Biden would allow rioters, looters, criminals and millions of illegal aliens to roam free in our country, he wants the federal government to issue a sweeping new mandate…to order over 300 million American citizens to wear a mask for a minimum of three straight months. He thinks it’s good politics, I guess. …He does not identify what authority the president has to issue such a mandate or how federal law enforcement could possibly enforce it.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

He reiterated it’s up to state governors to decide if their residents should wear masks, based on how each state is doing with COVID-19 cases.

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