Biden says he likely would have legal authority as president to issue national mask mandate

Joe Biden stated that he thinks he has the legal authority to mandate mask-wearing nationwide, marking a change in tone from earlier this month when he acknowledged that the Constitution may prevent the president from going that far.

“There’s a question — I think it’s at a convention positive — a question whether I can mandate over state lines that every single state has to comply. Our legal team thinks I can do that based upon the degree to which there is a crisis in those states, and how bad things are for the country,” the Democratic presidential nominee said in a press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday. “I’d make the case why it’s
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