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Reeves talks COVID-19, masks on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’

By: Frank Corder - July 20, 2020

Governor Tate Reeves appeared on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ with Jake Tapper over the weekend to talk about COVID-19 in Mississippi, specifically regarding his decision to mandate masks in only select counties.

Reeves has rejected calls for a statewide mask mandate thus far, choosing instead to target 13 counties where the spread of the virus has increased substantially within a 7-14 day period.

Tapper asked Reeves about the limited mask mandate, comparing it to having “part of the pool that it’s OK to pee in.”

“It’s not at all like that,” the Governor said.  “It’s not about the words you write on the page. It’s not about these words like mandate. It’s about how do you get the majority of your citizens to actually adhere to doing what’s right.”

The best way to do that, Reeves said, is to highlight those counties where it is most needed, adding that “compliance of wearing masks in the other 69 counties across my state is better today as well.”

“I believe this surgical approach is the best way to do that in Mississippi,” the Governor told Tapper.

Tapper offered an argument that some business owners want politicians to “do the brave thing” and mandate masks so they don’t have to themselves, like 36 other states have done.  The CNN host asked Reeves, “If it saves lives, why not do it?”

Reeves said that if he thought it was the best way to save lives in his state he would do it, but said the right thing to do now is for Mississippians is what they are recommending, noting that all should wear masks, maintain social distancing, and not gather in large groups.



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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications such as the Daily Caller. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father. Email Frank: