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The Candidates’ Dueling COVID Stats

Last night, Biden suggested that Trump is “responsible” for more than 220,000 deaths from COVID; Trump said that 2.2 million people had been “expected to die.” He has recently said that we therefore saved 2 million lives.

Biden’s assumption is that with better leadership, we would have had no COVID deaths. Trump’s assumption is that we should look at what would have happened if nobody — not governments, and not individuals — had altered their behavior in response to the pandemic.

Great debate!

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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