Larry Elder vows to end Gavin Newsom’s mask, vaccine mandates in Calif.

FILE - In this July 13, 2021, file photo, conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder speaks to supporters during a campaign stop in Norwalk, Calif. Elder doubled down on his past comments that employers should be able to ask women if and when they plan to get pregnant in a news conference on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Republican rival Kevin Faulconer criticized those comments and said they do not represent California's values. Faulconer continued the criticism in a Wednesday, Aug. 18 interview with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

FILE - In this July 13, 2021, file photo, conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder speaks to supporters during a campaign stop in Norwalk, Calif. Elder doubled down on his past comments that employers should be able to ask women if and when they plan to get pregnant in a news conference on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Republican rival Kevin Faulconer criticized those comments and said they do not represent California's values. Faulconer continued the criticism in a Wednesday, Aug. 18 interview with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

FILE – In this July 13, 2021, file photo, conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder speaks to supporters during a campaign stop in Norwalk, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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UPDATED 9:08 AM PT – Thursday, August 19, 2021

California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder, who’s running as a Republican, has vowed to lift face mask and vaccine mandates if he wins in the recall election next month.

In a series of recent statements, Elder said he would suspend all COVID-19 mandates in The Golden State immediately after taking office as governor. He stressed that vaccines work, which means masks and mandates are redundant.

Elder said people must assume responsibility for their own health choices, meaning vaccinations must be encouraged but not mandated. He added, the values of freedom and liberty are equally as important as public health.

“I would encourage people to get vaccinated. I would not make it a mandate. I think this is America and I think a lot of people, for whatever reason, do not want to be vaccinated. Either because they don’t feel the vaccine has been thoroughly tested, because they feel it was approved on an emergency basis…they don’t want to be pushed around.”

— Larry Elder

Polls show roughly half of Californians support the recall of Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom due to his draconian lockdowns, crippling economic policies and a raging homeless crisis. The recall election is slated for September 14.

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