Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine imposed sweeping measures days before a single case of COVID-19 had been reported in his state. Ohio has since seen a significant flattening of the curve. The Washington Post Live welcomed DeWine on April 13 in conversation with Washington Post National political reporter Robert Costa, as part of the series, “Coronavirus: Leadership During Crisis”.
  • Apr 13
Highlights
As the White House denies President Trump is considering firing White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Fauci, despite the President’s retweet of a hashtag calling for his ouster, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine comments on the matter saying, “I don’t give the president advice. I think the doctor’s done a good job.”
  • Apr 13
As public health experts and political leaders debate the question of when to reopen portions of the U.S. economy, shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said he believed the country will not be fully reopened until there is a vaccine. ‘We’re really not going to be all the way back until we have a vaccine that is available to everyone in the state and we know – we’re told at least – that is going to be in 12 to 18 months.”
  • Apr 13
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine talked about the consequences of not opening up the economy soon enough: “We also have a concern if you don’t start back, and you literally allow the economy to totally collapse which means you’re not going to be able to do early-childhood education…What we call wrap around services in schools where you have children that are given mental health assistance…these are all good things and if you don’t have an economy to support it, you’re not going to be able to do those.
  • Apr 13
As Democrats work to bolster mail-in voting and take other steps to make balloting easier this November, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said he believes it is “much too early” to make a decision on how voters will cast their ballots for the presidential general election. Following the last-minute postponement of Ohio’s primary election in March and a number of lawsuits, state officials agreed to move to mail-in voting through the end of April.
  • Apr 13
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer have said that they won’t agree to the Trump administration’s insistence on more money for small business loans unless their demands are met for additional funding for hospitals, state and local governments and food stamp recipients. When asked what he’s the most concerned about when it comes to funding, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said he’d like to ensure schools have the money they need when they reopen.
  • Apr 13
Gov. Mike DeWine
(R-Ohio)
On November 6, 2018, Mike DeWine was elected to serve as the 70th Governor of the State of Ohio. The Governor has had a long and distinguished career in public service, focusing on protecting Ohio children and families. He was previously the 50th Attorney General of Ohio and has previously been elected to serve as Greene County Prosecutor, Ohio State Senator, U.S. Congressman, Ohio Lt. Governor, U.S. Senator. Raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Mike DeWine and Fran (Struewing) met in the first grade and married while students at Miami University. They’ve been blessed with eight children and 24 grandchildren. Family is at the core of everything Mike DeWine does, and that’s why he has devoted his life to fighting for Ohio’s families. He knows when families are strong, Ohio communities are stronger, and our future is bright.
Interviewed by Robert Costa
The Washington Post
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