President Biden on Tuesday credited Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for urging Republicans to get the coronavirus vaccine as polling shows that group is among the least likely to get the shot.
“Mitch McConnell keeps speaking to them, which I give him credit for, saying … polling data shows Republican men, particularly young men, don’t think they should have to take the vaccine. It’s their patriotic right not to do it, their freedom to choose,” Biden said when asked about different groups that are reluctant to take the vaccine.
“And he’s saying, ‘No. No. Take the vaccine,’ ” Biden continued. “And I’ll add a phrase he didn’t but I think he believes. It’s a patriotic responsibility you have.”
McConnell has been outspoken throughout the pandemic about the need to wear a mask, and he has in recent months encouraged Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine as it becomes more widely available.
During a stop in Kentucky on Monday, the senator appealed directly to Republican men.
“I’m a Republican man, and I want to say to everyone: we need to take this vaccine. These reservations need to be put aside,” McConnell said.
The official White House Twitter account thanked McConnell for his “leadership” on the issue.
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