When asked to clarify her running mate Joe Biden’s stance on a federal mask mandate— Sen. Kamala Harris confirmed that it would just be a standard, appearing to walk back a legally enforceable action versus a strong suggestion.
“It would be a standard,” Harris said on CNN. “This is not about in terms of the priorities of Joe Biden and myself, this is not about punishment. It's not about big brother. It is simply about saying what a leader says in times of crisis. You look at world war II, you look at the great depression where leaders said, we each have to sacrifice for the sake of the nation and the collective. And that's what this is about.”
The California Senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate did not clarify how that standard would be enforceable, instead she faulted the President for playing politics on the issue making it difficult to bring everyone else along.