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Sen. Cotton: Time For Extraordinary Measures, We Need To Be Prepared For A Public “Shutdown”


Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) appeared on FOX News’ ‘Your World’ with host Neil Cavuto to discuss the U.S. response to the coronavirus.

NEIL CAUVTO, FOX NEWS: Let me get one quick take from you. It seems that a recession is unavoidable. Are you worried that it lingers? SEN. TOM COTTON (R-AR): Neil, I’m worried first and foremost about the public health of the American people. Of course, the best way to end the recession that probably started two months ago in China, and then swept its way around the world, is to stop the spread of this virus. If we do that, the economy will heal, and the markets will come back. CAVUTO: I think you’re right about that. Senator, I’m curious, though. I mean, not a lot of the political squabbling at least has ebbed a little bit. It’s been toned down. People are trying to get on the same page on all of this, the administration arguing that it is doing everything in its power to protect the American people, including this latest suggestion to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people. What do you think of that? COTTON: So, Neil, I think the time has come for extraordinary measures. So, I would suggest everyone follow the guidance that President Trump just announced in your local communities or your states. If your governor or your mayor has expressed even sterner guidance, I would follow those as well. I think we need to be prepared for whatever you might call it, a quarantine, a shutdown, a curfew, et cetera. We need to be prepared for a situation where the only people going to work should be those providing essential services, food, medicine, electricity, water, sanitation, and so forth.

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