DeWine said Sunday he was not at Tuesday’s debate, but was with the president for several minutes when he flew into both Dayton and Toledo. He said the White House had not reached out to him directly since the president’s diagnosis.
But DeWine repeatedly declined to call the president irresponsible for bringing the virus into his state, where many attendees of the rallies were not wearing masks and where there was not social distancing. At the debate, the first family was seen not wearing masks while in the audience.
“Doesn’t that upset you? … You were elected to protect the citizens of Ohio and the president and his team were putting them at risk?” CNN host Jake Tapper said to DeWine.
DeWine responded that the president’s team recommended people wear masks at the rallies, and some masks were handed out.
“This is something that we’ve been dealing with, not only in Ohio, but in this country, is that we have people who don’t think that they should be wearing a mask,” he said. “And, what we have tried to talk to everyone about is that, if you do wear a mask, you just — you’re going to cut down the spread, and you’re doing it for other people.”
“I’m not resentful,” DeWine added.