ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp said he plans to fight President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates in court.
Georgia’s attorney general told Channel 2′s Richard Elliot that he believes the mandates are unconstitutional.
Attorney General Chris Carr said Georgia may join with other states in a possible lawsuit. But his Democratic rival thinks it’s a waste of time.
“Unfortunately, again, it’s just pandemic politics coming out of the administration,” Kemp said Friday.
Biden announced his new vaccine mandates on Thursday. Kemp said Georgia will fight him in court and could join with other Republican-controlled states to do it.
“I’ve been talking to a lot of other Republican governors this morning about this federal overreach,” Kemp said.
At a Friday news conference, the president seemed to invite any and all legal challenges to his mandates.
“Have at it,” Biden said.
The president also called out Republican governors fighting the orders.
“Some Republican governors have been so cavalier with the health of these kids, so cavalier with the health of these communities,” Biden said.
Carr told Elliot that he’s talking with other states to see what legal recourse they have.
“This is about whether one individual sitting in the oval office in Washington, D.C. has the authority to mandate companies and the American people to do this. He does not,” Carr said.
Democratic state Sen. Jen Jordan is running against Carr for attorney general. She believes the constitution is on Biden’s side.
“The state i.e., whether you are talking about the federal or state government, can act with respect to vaccines or mandates if there is a public health emergency,” Jordan said.
There is one thing that Jordan, Carr and Kemp do agree on: all three continue to urge people to get vaccinated and get this latest surge under control.
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