Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appeared to walk back his pledge to institute a nationwide mask mandate to fight the coronavirus on Sunday, noting that such federal action goes against the U.S. Constitution.
“Well, I hope you could trust the governors,” Biden said when asked about the issue Sunday on AZFamily’s “Politics Unplugged.”
But, he added, “There’s a constitutional issue whether federal government could issue such a mandate. I don’t think constitutionally they could, so I wouldn’t issue a mandate.”
Still, he said, the federal government should issued national guidelines for the state and local governements to follow, and that he would “plead with” people to wear masks to protect their neighbors from the virus.
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