Are you glad that Vice President Mike Pence is heading up the Coronavirus response efforts? "We're very, very ready for this," Mr. Trump said, adding that Mr. Pence has "got a certain talent for this". As former Governor of Indiana VP Pence has a solid career as a lawmaker but not practical experience in potential pandemic disease control. In fact, Mike Pence presided over the worst HIV crisis in Indiana history when he was the governor of the state in 2015. Pence initially opposed a clean-needle exchange that health advisers had called for. Medical professionals concluded that the epidemic could have been slowed if the program had been adopted earlier.
In fact, when it comes to the record of public health crisis Mike Pence has a bit of a dubious record. During his 2001 run for Congress, he stated "Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn't kill," he went on to say "In fact, 2 out of every 3 smokers does not die from a smoking-related illness and 9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer," this is contrary to the overwhelming number of health and medical professionals around the globe.
Mike Pence has also been vehemently against Climate Science and science in general. Mike Pence has demonstrated his penchant for preferring faith-based solutions to real-world problems, like prayer. Pence has even been critical of condoms, claiming once that they didn’t work.
Is VP Mike Pence’s old-world faith-based approach to the Coronavirus known as COVID-19 one that you’re in favor of or does the President need to stop appointing cronies and political allies to handle public health emergencies? Do you trust VP Mike Pence to manage the country's response to this latest challenge or would you rather a more experienced medical professional who respects science be calling the shots under the circumstances?
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