But some experts and
Former Vice President
It’s a potent political issue, as it gets at what
“The threat from coronavirus and the chaos of the administration is front and center in everyone’s mind,” said
Warren, Klobuchar and Bloomberg have all released public health plans detailing how they’d address and prevent similar outbreaks as president.
Biden has previously slammed Trump for “hysterical xenophobia and fearmongering” rather than respecting science on the issue.
“As an island state, with responsible leadership, we can keep this virus out. But, we won’t be able to do that without our state and federal leaders taking it much more seriously than they are right now," she said.
But sounding the alarm on the administration’s coronavirus response also holds risks. Florida Rep.
“Don’t open your mouth until you know what you’re talking about. This is politics. They need to listen to the scientists as well,” she said.
That is a major criticism
On Wednesday, the Republican president sought to minimize fears at a
Biden corrected his comments during Wednesday night’s
But the public health system has a playbook to follow for pandemic preparation — regardless of who’s president or whether specific instructions are coming from the
“The history of good public health is that when things become politicized, we risk a good sound response and a response based on science and expertise,” she said. “This is a situation that’s changing by the moment, and that makes it all the more delicate.”
Kates warned that there should be some “caution around not stoking panic and not using the partisan environment to steer away from basic public health messaging” — but acknowledged that will be tough “in a very partisan time, during campaign season.”
Both parties are guilty of politicizing public health pandemics when they’re not the party in charge of the
“We have the components of what could be a perfect storm. Are there ways to deal with it calmly and rationally? You bet. Is
She pointed to the fact that the initial
Shalala agreed — but she warned
“There are things that they can criticize, like the inadequate funding request and the president muddying the waters” at his press conference, she said, “but they shouldn’t be criticizing the agency heads and the very good scientist physicians that are trying to do their jobs.”
“Electing a president isn’t about a series of issue check boxes on a spreadsheet. It’s about the public’s confidence that you can lead the country, especially in times of crisis,” Ferguson said. “If we can’t demonstrate the fundamental failure of this administration to lead in this crisis, then we are not talking about the thing that people think about when electing a president.”
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