Thanks to the spectre of Donald Trump, GOP senators and congresspeople have continued to downplay the importance of being vaccinated. It’s a bit different for many Republican governors as they are in better position to see how the virus has affected their states.
West Virginia’s Jim Justice and Ohio’s Mike DeWine have been particularly aggressive in urging their constituents to get their shots. On Sunday, Asa Hutchinson joined that chorus. The Arkansas governor said he had no problem with Joe Biden’s door knocking plan, saying that he can use all the help he can get.
When asked about going to people’s door, the governor said, “there’s nothing dramatic about what the president said in itself.”
Hutchinson continued, “We want all the help we can in order to accomplish a mutual goal and increasing vaccinations. Long before President Biden said that, we had community organizations that are helping us. We have churches going into homes. We have people that go in to those that are bedridden so they can have access to the vaccine.”
On federal help for vaccine outreach, Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson tells @GStephanopoulos: "We want all the help we can."
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 11, 2021
The Arkansas Republican closed:
“No one wants an agent knocking on a door, but we want those that do not have access otherwise to make sure they know about it and have the information. Not everybody goes on the Internet. Not everybody has that access, and so, how do you get information to them? We want to have our churches involved. We want to have our communities, organizations — if it means going into a community door-by-door and letting them know of this, then that’s okay.”
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