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Florida Gov DeSantis promises Florida won’t be turned into ‘biomedical security state’

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  • President Biden on Tuesday said DeSantis should “get out of the way” of people who are trying to “do the right thing” in containing the virus.
  • The governor previously signed an executive order banning public school districts from mandating masks.
  • “I think the question is, we can either have a free society or we can have a biomedical security state. And I can tell you, Florida, we’re a free state,” DeSantis said Wednesday.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) fired back at President Biden Wednesday after Biden earlier this week criticized the governor for barring COVID-19 restrictions like mask and vaccine mandates as the number of new infections spike due to the delta variant. 

Biden on Tuesday said DeSantis should “get out of the way” of people who are trying to “do the right thing” in containing the virus, as the state is experiencing a surge of new cases and hospitalizations. 

The governor previously signed an executive order banning public school districts from mandating masks. 


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During a news conference in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, DeSantis vowed to fight any federal mandates on vaccinations or masks in schools. 

“Joe Biden also believes that vaccination should be mandated by force of government and that you should have to show vaccination status to be able to participate in society,” DeSantis said

“We said from the beginning, we’re going to make it [vaccines] available for all, but we’re not gonna mandate it on anybody. That’s ultimately an individual’s choice to be able to do it,” he said. 

“And so, I think the question is, we can either have a free society or we can have a biomedical security state. And I can tell you, Florida, we’re a free state,” he said. 

DeSantis said the president should work on curbing illegal immigration at the southern border, arguing immigrants crossing the border are spreading variants of the virus in the U.S.


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