The Senate Minority Leader is expected to start running 60-second ads on 100 state radio stations to educate people about the vaccine and encourage them to get the vaccine. (McConnell pays the ads to his campaign account, where, at the end of 2020, he had nearly $ 7 million in the bank.)
“Not enough people are vaccinated,” McConnell told Reuters of his decision to spend his campaign money on the education effort. “So we’re trying to get them to reconsider and get back on track to bring us to a certain level of collective immunity. “
This is a very good thing – especially since the Delta variant of Covid-19 is devastating the unvaccinated in America. Not only are less than half of Kentucky’s people vaccinated, but cases have also increased by 193% in the past two weeks alone, according to data from the New York Times. (This is the 15th fastest growing rate in the country.)
McConnell has also been – even before the commercials – a leading voice, especially among Republicans, for vaccinations. At least in part, this is because he contracted polio as a child. He spoke fondly of the impact it had on his life – and has long been an advocate for vaccines.
“To use a sports analogy, we are in the red zone, the last 20 meters before the end zone, but we are not yet in the end zone because there is resistance for various reasons which seem to have been caught up in politics, ”McConnell said earlier this month.
Point: I have criticized McConnell a lot – especially for the pivotal role he played in submarining of an independent commission on the January 6 riot. But on the vaccine front, he’s been consistent. And deserves credit.