ELECTION 2020 – Presidential Stances on Health Freedom
Health freedom and civil liberties are a critical issue during the 2020 presidential election. The core issue now is the Covid vaccine and whether it will be mandated. Do we have the right to decide what is best for our bodies or must we defer to the government to make those decisions for us?
Here’s where the presidential candidates stand:
- Trump said NO to Covid vaccine mandates
“I don’t believe I’d ever do a mandated vaccine,” the president told Fox’s Stuart Varney. “I just don’t think I would do that, where you have to have it, because there are some people who feel very strong about that whole situation.”
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- Biden is YES on a mask mandate and YES to a Covid vaccine mandate
According to USA Today, during a Oct. 15 town hall in Philadelphia, when asked about a Covid vaccine mandate, Biden said, “If the body of science is saying that this is what is ready to be done and there — it’s been tested and they’ve gone through the three phases — yes, I would take it and I’d encourage people to take it.”
He added that mandating its use would depend on what kind of positive impact it would have, and “the state of the nature of the vaccine when it comes out and how it’s being distributed.”
Most crucially he said, “… There’s others that say that this vaccine is really the key, this is the this is the golden key, it depends on the state of the nature of the vaccine when it comes out and how it’s being distributed, that would depend on, but I think that we should be talking about, depending on the continuation of the spread of the virus, we should be thinking about making it mandatory.”
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A USA Today “fact-check” attempted to soften the tone of Biden’s call for mandate by qualifying it on “efficacy” and public health endorsement. But even this article echoes Biden’s positive view of the Covid vaccine and his willingness to mandate it.
According to the USA Today article, “Biden said, ‘If the body of science is saying that this is what is ready to be done and they’re — it’s been tested and they’ve gone through the three phases — yes, I would take it and I’d encourage people to take it.’
He added that mandating its use would depend on what kind of positive impact it would have, and ‘the state of the nature of the vaccine when it comes out and how it’s being distributed.’
Biden also stated he would consider enforcing COVID-19 vaccines the way the measles vaccine is handled.
‘You can’t come to school until you have a measles shot. You can’t,’ Biden said. ‘But you can’t say, everyone has to do this.” He added that he would encourage local and state leaders to implement mandates.”
Biden is supportive of a widespread mask mandate. According to New York Times, “Mr. Biden has already said that, as president, he would mandate masks on all federal property, an executive order that could have wide reach. He could use his authority under federal transit law to require masks on public transportation. He could also prod governors who are resisting mask mandates to at least require masks in public buildings in their states.”
According to RT, “[Biden] likened a vaccine mandate to forcing everyone to wear a mask, in that getting 100 percent of the population to comply would be impossible. But he said he would go to all 50 governors and get them to direct their states’ citizens to comply with a mandate. Asked what he would do if not all governors agreed, he said he would go to “every mayor, every councilman, every local official.”
For more information, watch The Highwire’s summary of the above issue: