Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden recently reiterated a campaign promise that could cause a wave of panic over small-business owners across the nation.
When asked about the possibility of shutting down portions of the U.S. economy again in response to a potential second wave of the coronavirus, the former vice president once again signaled that he is prepared to order exactly that, as reported by Breitbart.
“What I laid out back in March”
He made his latest remarks on the subject on Tuesday during an interview with WFLA in Tampa, Florida.
Keith Cate pressed Biden on specific steps he might take if “we had a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases,” asking if he would “encourage another shutdown” or “enforce a national mask mandate” as part of his administration’s response.
“What I laid out back in March, what I suggested the president should do then,” the candidate said, going on to describe a three-point plan consisting of testing, providing protective equipment to frontline workers, and encouraging widespread mask use.
Last month, he proclaimed in an ABC News interview that he “would be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives” and that the nation will not get “moving until we control the virus.”
Cate went on to ask Biden directly if he would be willing to “move forward at rolling things back a little bit” in response to a spike in cases.
“Put out the fires”
“Absolutely,” he replied. “I would make sure that — I would encourage everyone to wear a mask. I would encourage every governor to make it a national — a mandate in their states. I would move on testing, which is a critical element of this. I would move very quickly on making sure that we’re able to deal with — safely open our schools. The schools need about $200 million nationally — I mean, $20 billion nationally to open safely.”
As for the president, he has flatly refused to consider another shutdown, which his administration holds would inflict further damage to an economy on the mend.
In statements dating back to at least May, he has made it clear that such an approach is off the table.
“We are going to put out the fires,” Trump said at the time. “We’re not going to close the country. We can put out the fires.”
With millions of Americans still out of work and millions more uncertain about the future, Trump’s commitment to maintaining the course of reopening the nation’s economy is sure to resonate with voters across the nation.