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There Was HIV Outbreak in Indiana While Pence Was Governor. He Says That Experience Is Part of Why Trump Put Him in Charge of Coronavirus Plan

While serving as the Governor of Indiana, Governor Mike Pence oversaw an HIV outbreak among intravenous drug users. Pence was accused of being slow to act to authorize a needle sharing program. There were over 200 new HIV cases in the state during 2015 and critics say that many of these cases were entirely preventable.

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Rather than regretting his actions, though, the Vice President today painted them as a positive. Pence told Rush Limbaugh that the way he acted in the crisis was part of why Donald Trump tapped him to oversee the coronavirus response.

The VP told the radio host, “I think it might be the main reason why President Trump asked me to do this. I think by putting me over the administration’s response to the coronavirus, the president wanted to signal the priority that he’s placed on this.”

Pence continued:

“He (Trump) talked to me about my practical experience as a governor, because a lot of people are aware the CDC is involved, HHS is involved, Homeland Security is involved, and we’ve managed the quarantines. But honestly, what I learned as governor, it’s your state health department, it’s your local health care providers that are at the tip of the spear in the spread of infectious disease.”

 



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