The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) and President Donald Trump’s team are trying to get their campaign back on track–but it will difficult with COVID-19 dominating the headlines.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, was in Miami again wishing his best for the president who announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of last week.
“My prayers continue with the president and first lady for their health and safety,” Biden said. “I was glad to see the president speaking, recording videos.”
Biden did not mince words for Trump though when talking about how to move forward.
“I would ask him to do this. Listen to the scientists….require masks in every federal building and facility and in interstate travel. Urge every governor to do the same. we know it saves lives. The administration just rejected a mask mandate for public transportation on Friday…I believe that was wrong and not very rational,” Biden said.
Biden is calling for a national mask mandate and said he will enact one if elected. At the same time, the Trump Victory operation was calling the agenda and a potential Biden administration “far left, socialist.”
Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez railed against Biden’s policies and how they would affect Hispanic voters.
“Joe Biden has shown himself to be a puppet of the Castro Chavistas who control the Democratic party,” Nunez said, adding “Biden refuses to say whether he’ll do the same thing that Nicholas Madura did in Venezuela packing the Supreme Court with leftist justices.” She also blames the Obama administration, with Biden in the number two slot, for decimating the pharmaceutical industry in Puerto Rico.
While the GOP did not talk up COVID-19, the media certainly wanted to ask about it.
Nunez was firm, saying she would be willing to ride in a vehicle with the president. Trump drew some criticism Sunday for leaving the hospital to ride in an SUV and wave to supporters.
“That decision, obviously, was done in consultation with medical personnel,” Nunez told the media. “I don’t think the medical personnel would have allowed it had they felt that there was an imminent threat to those that were in that car, and yes, I would have felt comfortable.”
Nunez called the president “a relentless fighter,” and expected him back on the campaign trail as soon as he is allowed to do so by doctors.
In the meantime, the campaign plans to send out members of the Trump family and Vice President Mike Pence in events out west following the vice presidential debate scheduled for Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.
In the meantime, don’t expect a big change from the GOP in terms of its masks policy.
“We are always encouraging people to wear masks and follow the CDC guidelines,” said state Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, the chairman of the RPOF. “We also do a lot of the events outside, but listen, this is the strongest, the single greatest expression in political history. There is so much enthusiasm and excitement for this president.”
Gruters denied claims that CDC guidelines have not been followed at events in Florida involving the campaign.
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