Biden: Governors should issue lockdowns 'for the time being'

Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE said Friday he would recommend that governors across the country issue temporary lockdowns in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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“For the time being, I would,” Biden told CNN’s Anderson Cooper when asked if he would urge governors in every state implement a lockdown for several weeks.

“You don’t know who doesn’t have the virus,” the former vice president continued, noting that many people who may have the virus could be asymptomatic.


President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE has so far declined to recommend a nationwide lockdown over COVID-19, something other countries such as Italy have done in an attempt to curb the spreading virus.

The United States on Friday had more than 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, shortly after the country moved into first in the world in the total number of cases, past Italy and China.

Amid rising figures, a number of governors across the country have issued temporary orders for residents to shelter in place, closing many restaurants and bars and keeping open those businesses deemed essential, such as grocery stores, medical facilities and gas stations.

Biden said Friday that he had spoken with a number of Democratic governors, including Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee calls on Trump to ‘stay out of Washington state’s business’ Seattle mayor responds to Trump: ‘Go back to your bunker’ Trump warns he will take back Seattle from ‘ugly Anarchists’ if local leaders don’t act MORE (Wash.), Gretchen Whitmer (Mich.), Tom Wolf (Pa.) and John Bel Edwards (La.). Whitmer is a co-chairwoman on Biden’s campaign.

The former vice president said he also had spoken with Republican governors but did not name them.

Biden has used his now completely digital campaign to counterprogram Trump’s response to the virus this week, using virtual television interviews, press briefings, roundtables and a newsletter in an attempt to contrast Trump’s handling of the crisis with his own recommended approach.

The former vice president released a plan to bolster the economy amid the pandemic. Biden said the plan would accelerate aid to businesses that vow to keep their workers employed, expedite the delivery of unemployment insurance, pressure banks to provide loans to small businesses and lean on large companies seeking taxpayer assistance to emphasize “that they need to make hard commitments that the assistance will go toward their workers.”

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