Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden returned his own call for a national mask mandate, saying he would not issue any binding orders because he believed it would be unconstitutional.
The former vice-president questioned on Sunday about AZFamily’s “Politics Unplugged” when he repeated his use of presidential powers to make Americans wear masks to be clear about the efficacy of a mandate Told about the vows.
Asked to respond to governors praising President Trump’s more targeted coronavirus approach, which gave states more authority, Biden said, “Well, I hope you can trust the governors.”
“But here’s the deal, the federal government – a constitutional issue of whether the federal government can issue such a mandate. I don’t think constitutionally they can do it, so I won’t issue a mandate.
Given the legal challenges, Biden said, he would beg “people” to wear a mask, saying, “I’ll set an example.”
Biden then mentioned that case rates were falling in the face of enforcing mask orders by local authorities.
“It is about making sure the public is safe and secure, and it is a local decision but national standards should be set how it should go. You can’t do that, “he said.
Biden called for an immediate, three-month-long nationwide facade mandate in mid-August, saying the move would save about 40,000 lives.
“I hope we have learned a lesson. Hope the President learns the lesson. But again, this is not about Democrats, Republicans or independents. It is about saving the lives of Americans, ”the former Veep said at the time.
“So let’s just start a nationwide mandate immediately. And we will save – it is estimated that we will save 40,000 lives in the next three months.
Before calling for a mandate, Biden said he would use his federal powers to force him to wear a mask if elected in November.
Speaking to Pittsburgh CBS-affiliated KDKA in June, Democrats said he would sign an executive order requiring Americans to wear coverings.
“One thing we know is that these masks make a huge difference. I would insist that everyone in public is wearing that mask. [For] For anyone to reopen, they would have to make sure they went into a business that had masks, ”he said.
Asked if he would use his federal powers to donate masks to Americans, he replied, “Yes, from an executive point of view, yes I will.”
Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris said late last month that a nationwide facade requirement would be one of the administration’s first orders of business if Trump is successful in getting him out.
Interviewed on the same NBC “Today” show, however, Harris (D-California) said, “It’s a standard. I mean, nobody will be punished,” when asked how the order would be enforced.
“Nobody likes wearing a mask, it’s a universal feeling, isn’t it?” So, that’s not the point, “he said.
“The point is that we are responsible people who love our neighbor, that is what we have to do right now. God is ready, it will not be forever. “