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Texas' lieutenant governor says US should get 'back to work' amid coronavirus pandemic
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' lieutenant governor said Monday night that the U.S. should get back to work in the face of the global pandemic and that people over the age of 70, who the Centers for Disease Control says are at higher risk for the coronavirus, will "take care of ourselves."
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Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the comments while appearing on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight." Patrick, 69, went on the program after President Donald Trump said earlier Monday that he wanted the country getting back to business in weeks, not months.
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"Let's get back to work. Let's get back to living. Let's be smart about it," Patrick said. "And those of us who are 70 plus, we'll take care of ourselves. But don't sacrifice the country."
A spokeswoman for Patrick did not immediately return to an email seeking comment late Monday. Patrick went on to suggest on the show that there were lots of grandparents like him and that he doesn't "want the whole country to be sacrificed."