Biden walks back position on nationwide face mask mandate, says he believes order is unconstitutional

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden ducks his head as he boards a plane at Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown, Pa., Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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UPDATED 10:38 AM PT – Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden now says he would not issue a national face mask mandate, once again, flip-flopping on a previous pledge. He back-tracked on his one-time position during an interview earlier this week when he stated that he believes this kind of order is unconstitutional.

The 2020 Democrat’s comments were a response to how President Trump has given more authority to the states to issue coronavirus guidelines. Biden said he hopes “we can trust the governors.”

“Here’s the deal…there’s a constitutional issue with the federal government, whether they can issue such a mandate,” he stated. “I don’t think constitutionally they could, so I wouldn’t issue such a mandate.”

This comes just one month after Biden called for a nationwide mask mandate while claiming the order would save about 40,000 lives.

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