Biden Campaign's Kate Bedingfield Dodges CNN's Jake Tapper on Biden's View Of 6 Week Lockdown | Video | RealClearPolitics

Biden Campaign's Kate Bedingfield Dodges CNN's Jake Tapper on Biden's View Of 6 Week Lockdown

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Jake Tapper, citing Biden Coronavirus Task Force member Michael Osterholm, asked Biden deputy campaign manager and communications director Kate Bedingfield twice in an interview on Thursday if the president-elect would consider a national lockdown that would last 4 to 6 weeks.

Bedingfield said Biden "laid out very clearly across the course the campaign the things that he wants to do to get the virus under control," and encouraged people to wear masks. Fact-checkers claim that during the campaign Biden did not say he would be in favor of a shutdown.


TAPPER: One of the members of your Coronavirus Task Force, Michael Osterholm, he's an expert on infectious diseases. We have him on CNN all the time.

He said that a four-to-six-week lockdown of the country might not be a bad idea, if the government could step in and pay all the shopkeepers and others who need the revenue that they would lose.

Is that something that president-elect Biden is considering, a four- to-six-week lockdown?

BEDINGFIELD: Well, I think he laid out very clearly across the course the campaign the things that he wants to do to get the virus under control, including encouraging national mask mandates, including providing resources to small businesses and schools to ensure that they can open safely.

He laid out really comprehensive plans to get a national testing infrastructure in place to ensure that we're testing and working to keep people who've been exposed from spreading the virus further.

So, he's put forward his own plans that are going to get the virus under control and are going to get the economy moving again. Obviously, he is listening to the very best advice from scientists, from doctors. Again, you saw him announced his COVID Task Force this week.

He's going to be informed by the best expertise and public health expertise out there. But he's going to move forward on the plans that he laid out in the campaign that people overwhelmingly voted for in this country.

TAPPER: But what does that mean, no plans for a lockdown, but that could change? I mean, he's on -- Michael Osterholm is on the task force.

BEDINGFIELD: There are steps that we can take now, again, encouraging people to wear masks.

We have seen study after study shows that people wearing masks inhibits the spread of the virus. That's a really important step that everybody can take, starting now, to try to inhibit the spread of the virus. So there are things that Joe Biden has put forward that will make a difference, and that he's focused on. Now, of course, is he taking advice? Is he hearing from the best public health experts who are advising him? Of course, and he's taking that into account.

But he's put forward really aggressive plans that he intends to implement in order to get the virus under control.
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