Biden lays out plan to tackle coronavirus pandemic

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden Friday attacked the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Eight months into the crisis, Biden said the president "still doesn't have a plan, " adding "he's quit on you." (Oct. 23)

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JOE BIDEN: We're more than eight months into this crisis, and the president still doesn't have a plan. He's given up. He's quit on you. He's quit on your family. He's quit on America. He just wants us to grow numb and resigned to the horrors of this death toll and the pain it's causing so many Americans. In June, when--when we began to see the resurgence of COVID-19, I called out President Trump for wavering and waving the white flag of surrender to the virus.

But then it was as if he decided to go on offense for the virus, holding rallies with no masks, no social distancing, where people contracted the virus, inviting the virus into the White House, hosting what Dr. Fauci called super-spreader event, endangering more people's lives by telling the public, don't worry, don't worry about the disease. Don't let it dominate you.

We don't have to be held prisoner by this administration's failures. We can choose a different path. We can do what Americans have always done-- come together and meet the challenge with grit, compassion, and determination. And today, I'm going to tell you exactly what I plan to do if I have the honor of being elected your next president.

I'll immediately put in place a national strategy that will position our country to finally get ahead of this virus and get back our lives. I'll reach out to every governor in every state, red and blue, as well as mayors and local officials during transition to find out what support they need and how much of it they need.

I'll ask the new Congress to put a bill on my desk by the end of January with all the resources necessary to see how both our public health and our economic response can be seen through the end, what is needed. Look, a pandemic doesn't play favorites, nor will I. As I said, no red states, no blue states, just the United States-- united in our response, united in our purpose to stop the spread of COVID-19 and beat this virus.

First, I'll go to every governor and urge them to mandate mask-wearing in their states. And if they refuse, I'll go to the mayors and county executives and get local masking requirements in place nationwide. As president, I'll mandate mask-wearing in all federal buildings and all interstate transportation, because masks save lives, period.