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Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick Defends Position of Risking Lives to Save Economy

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Texas Lt. Govenor Dan Patrick  ( Bob Levey/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 April 2020 08:14 AM

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has no regrets about saying it was worth risking lives to return to work if that meant saving the economy. 

He reiterated those sentiments again to Fox News Tonight host Tucker Carlson on Monday night.

Patrick told Carlson the economic hardship the country has been facing has left him “vindicated.” 

"There are more important things than living, and that's saving this country for my children and my grandchildren and saving this country for all of us,” he said. "I don't want to die, nobody wants to die, but man, we have got to take some risk and get back in the game and get this country back up and running.”

Patrick was criticized last month for commenting on Fox News that many people of his generation were willing to “take a chance” and return to work because the economic shut down would harm future generations.

As the state begins to reopen, he is defending his comments. 

"When you start shutting down society and people start losing their paychecks and businesses can't open and governments aren't getting revenues. . . I'm sorry to say that I was right on this," he said. "I'm thankful that we are now beginning to open up Texas and other states because it's been long overdue.”

With the death toll lower than projected, he said it was time to take some risks and get people back to work. 

"Every life is valuable, but 500 people out of 29 million and we're locked down and we're crushing the average worker, we're crushing small business, we're crushing the markets, we're crushing this country,” he said. 

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has no regrets about saying it was worth risking lives to return to work if that meant saving the economy. 
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2020-14-21
Tuesday, 21 April 2020 08:14 AM
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