Democrat Joe Biden said on Thursday that he has been in talks with a number of state governors about the potential for a national mask mandate to help curb the spread of coronavirus.
The conversation took place with members of the National Governors Association.
"We discussed the implementation of a national mask mandate," Biden acknowledged. "Ten governors, Democrat and Republican, have imposed masking requirements and recognized the need for universal masking."
Biden said the agreement of Republican and Democratic governors demonstrated that the move to mandate masks nationwide was not politically motivated.
"It's a patriotic duty," Biden said.
The former vice president also made clear that as president, he would not be pursuing any economic shutdown.
"I am not going to shut down the economy. Period," Biden said. "I'm going to shut down the virus. That's what I'm going to shut down. I'll say it again – no national shutdown. No national shutdown."
Biden also again criticized President Trump for not sharing important information about coronavirus outbreaks as his team looks towards transfer of power, calling it "totally irresponsible."