MTN News: Cooney and Gianforte “Presenting Very Different Approaches” to Handling COVID-19

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Friday, October 23, 2020

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MTN News: Cooney and Gianforte “Presenting Very Different Approaches” to Handling COVID-19
While Cooney has committed to following the science, Gianforte supports herd immunity and slashing health care
Helena, MT – As the COVID-19 crisis lingers in Montana and throughout the country, MTN News is reporting on the fundamental differences between Lt. Gov. Cooney’s plans to lead Montana through the pandemic, and Greg Gianforte’s utter lack of any strategy to keep Montanans safe and healthy.

In fact, when Gianforte was asked earlier “what actions he would take related to the coronavirus if elected governor, Gianforte said, ‘It’s hard to answer hypotheticals about the future.’”

This week, Lt. Gov. Cooney “convened a panel of national health experts… to talk about vaccines and public-health precautions, and rolled out his own priorities on what he’d do as governor.”

Cooney said, “I will continue relying on science to guide our recovery, while making sure Montana is first in line for a potential vaccine and working with partners, on the ground, to distribute it safely and effectively so we can beat this virus once and for all.”

When asked about specific measures he’d take to keep Montanans safe if elected, “Gianforte has demurred.”

In line with best public health practices, Cooney often encourages Montanans to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Gianforte, on the hand, has been “rarely wearing a face-mask in public,” including while attending a confirmed superspreader concert in Helena that has now been linked to “several” cases of COVID-19.

While claiming to support “personal responsibility,” Gianforte has refused to get tested for COVID-19, despite potential exposure, and continued to campaign – maskless – around the state, recklessly endangering the wellbeing of Montanans statewide.

“Greg Gianforte doesn’t believe in basic science, so it should come as no surprise that he refuses to take this pandemic seriously, or put forward any serious plan to keep Montanans safe,” said Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “Montanans simply can’t trust Gianforte to lead our state through a once-in-a-lifetime public health emergency.”


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