Kamala Harris to Pence: "You Respect The American People When You Tell Them The Truth" on Coronavirus | Video | RealClearPolitics

Kamala Harris to Pence: "You Respect The American People When You Tell Them The Truth" on Coronavirus

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Vice President Mike Pence defended the Trump administration's actions on the coronavirus pandemic at the vice presidential debate Wednesday night with Democratic VP nominee Sen. Kamala Harris.

"President Trump and I trust the American people to make choices in the best interest of their health," Pence said. "And Joe Biden and Kamala Harris consistently talk about mandates And Joe Biden and Kamala Harris consistently talk about mandates. And not just mandates with the Coronavirus but a government takeover of healthcare. A Green New Deal, all government-controlled. We're about freedom and respecting the freedom of the American people."

"Let's talk about respecting the American people," Harris said. "You respect the American people when you tell them the truth. You respect the American people when you have the courage to be a leader speaking of those things that you may not want people to hear but they need to hear so they can protect themselves"


"But this administration stood on information that if you had as a parent, if you had as a worker knowing you didn't have enough money saved up and now you're standing in a food line because of the ineptitude of a administration that was unwilling to speak the truth to the American people," she said.

Harris said she would not take a vaccine recommended by President Donald Trump, however, if one is endorsed by Dr. Anthony Fauci then she would take it.

"For life to get back to normal, Dr. Anthony Fauci and other experts say that most of the people who can be vaccinated need to be vaccinated. But half of Americans now say they wouldn't take a vaccine if it was released now. If the Trump administration approves a vaccine before or after the election, should Americans take it and would you take it?" debate moderate Susan Page asked.

'"If the public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us that we should take it I'll be the first in line to take it. Absolutely. But if Donald Trump tells us I should take it that we should take it I'm not taking it," Harris said.
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