Republican Senator Oberweis: Masks Are Not A Partisan Issue

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you ask Republican state senator Jim Oberweis to assess how President Trump has handled the coronavirus pandemic, he first talks about all the good he feels the President’s done on issues like tax cuts and immigration. But, he acknowledges people will look back on what was done right — and wrong— about COVID-19.

Oberweis, the 14th congressional district Republican running for the seat now held by Democrat Lauren Underwood, thinks wearing facemasks to combat the coronavirus should not be a partisan issue. He said people should wear facemasks and socially distance themselves while out and about. And he said he is “delighted to see our president finally came out and supported wearing masks.”

"When groups are indoors, it is imperative we wear masks and or maintain social distancing," Oberweis said. 

He said health restrictions should not be a partisan issue, but he understands how some people came to see it that way. Oberweis feels that some areas over-reacted to the virus, sparking political resistance.

Candidate Jim Oberweis is the guest on our At Issue program this weekend, and you can hear more of his thoughts on the politics of face masks Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.