GOP Governors Divided Over Response To COVID-19 Surge

Republican governors are increasingly split over how to respond to the latest coronavirus surge as the delta variant wreaks havoc on parts of the country.

While Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) have sparred with localities in their states eager to impose mask mandates in venues, including schools, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said last week that he regretted signing a ban on mask mandates in schools and asked the state legislature to reverse the decision. 

Meanwhile, divisions among Republican governors are also apparent when it comes to vaccine rhetoric.

Republican strategists argue that the division between the party’s governors isn’t a matter of ideological differences, but rather of geography.

Republicans have also deflected blame toward Biden’s response to the crisis. 

“They’re no longer listening to Washington because they feel that Biden doesn’t have a plan at all other than browbeating DeSantis and Abbott about what they’re doing,” Florida-based Republican strategist Ford O’Connell told The Hill. 

Read more from Julia Manchester at The Hill

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published this page in In The News 2021-08-18 13:07:20 -0400
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