Politics Fact check: Fake quote says Biden wants to 'lock down' US
Second presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump canceled
Both campaigns have agreed to appear at the third and final presidential debate, a podium format set for Nashville on Oct. 22, the source said.The bipartisan commission, under intense criticism from the Trump campaign, announced the decision in a statement late Friday, saying the campaigns of both Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden "each now has announced alternate plans" for Oct. 15, the date of the debate.
The claim: Joe Biden said he wanted to 'lock down our nation until we have a vaccine ready'
President Donald Trump's handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the closure of the U.S. economy have become defining issues of the 2020 presidential election.
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Biden's 12-point lead in Sunday's ABC News/Washington Post poll was the latest in a series of surveys to find the president down by double digits.The poll, conducted Oct. 6-9, has Biden up 53%-41% against Trump among registered voters and 54%-42% among likely voters.
Butmaking the social media rounds tries to turn the tables on Trump's Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, by claiming he said he would "lock down our nation until we have a vaccine ready."
If true, the statement would contradict Biden's previous statements, including in the first presidential debate, and could have a chilling effect on voters deeply concerned by the state of the economy.
Here's the full quote the meme, posted to Facebook on Oct. 12, attributes to Biden: "COVID-19 will increase within the next few months. The scientists agree. And when I take the White House, I will lock down our nation until we have our vaccine ready, and everyone is vaccinated. — Joe Biden"
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Biden campaign: Quote is 'fabricated'
Asked about the meme, the Biden campaign's response was swift and pointed: "This is completely and thoroughly fabricated," spokesman TJ Ducklo wrote in an email.
Biden's often-stated public position is that he would "listen to the scientists" in deciding whether to close or reopen the economy. That opens the door to another economic shutdown under Biden's leadership, which is something that Trump has said would not happen a second time if he's reelected. But it is a far cry from a pledge to "lock down our nation until we have our vaccine ready, and everyone is vaccinated."
In August, when ABC News' David Muir asked Biden whether he was "prepared to shut this country down again", here's:
"I would be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives because we cannot get the country moving until we control the virus. That is the fundamental flaw of this administration's thinking to begin with. In order to keep the country running and moving, and the economy growing, and people employed, you have to fix the virus, you have to deal with the virus."
The week in polls: Trump erases Biden's bounce in Florida, Biden gains in Georgia
In the Senate, a poll found Doug Jones may not be doomed after all. And another found Lindsey Graham's race may not be as tight as believed.They have found Biden still holding a commanding lead nationally (though down slightly from last week) and leading in 10 of 12 swing states. But Trump regained a slight polling average lead in Ohio and ate a big chunk out of Biden's leads in Pennsylvania and Minnesota. Trump also erased Biden's gains in Florida from last week, which some Democrats had hoped signaled their nominee was pulling away in the crucial Sunshine State.
In a follow-up question, Muir asked what Biden would do if scientists said to shut down the economy. "I would shut it down," Biden replied. "I would listen to the scientists."
In their Sept. 29 debate, Trump argued both that Biden would have left the countryand that Biden But later, when asked directly about why he'd been hesitant about reopening, Biden said it was because Trump and said that his plan for reopening would include giving businesses help via financial assistance, personal protective equipment and sanitation.
Biden'sgoes into more depth on his plan to reopen the economy. None of his COVID-19 plans there calls for a shutdown before the debut of a vaccine, and the heading of one of his plans — "Build Back Better" — directly contradicts that claim.
The Facebook account that seems to have shared the meme initially didn't immediately respond to requests for more information about the meme's origins or for comment.
Our rating: False
Based on our research, the claim is FALSE. Biden never seems to have said he would "lock down our nation until we have a vaccine ready," and his many public statements on the issue contradict that claim. His actual position — as laid out in interviews, on his website and during the first debate — is that the economy should be reopened according to his plan and with scientists' approval.
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Our fact-check sources:
- ABC News, Aug. 23: .
- C-SPAN, Sept. 29: .
- Biden's website: Biden in the "Joe's Vision" section.
- TJ Ducklo, Biden press secretary
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