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Frank Luntz, Chelsea Clinton say they both cried getting COVID-19 vaccine

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 2021-05-18
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Veteran GOP pollster Frank Luntz and Chelsea Clinton revealed Tuesday that they both cried when receiving their COVID-19 vaccines.

During an appearance on Clinton’s podcast “In Fact with Chelsea Clinton,” Luntz, who suffered a stroke early last year, revealed that he started crying when getting inoculated.

“I'll acknowledge something to you, I don't even want to look at you when I say this. When I got the vaccine, the first shot in my arm, I started to cry because I had a pre-existing condition, I was damaged from last year, and that shot to me was life itself. It was actually, I'm going to live, and I didn’t know that for six or seven months,” Luntz said.

Clinton told Luntz that she had the same reaction after receiving her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Frank, I cried too. I cried too when I got my first shot because it just felt, it felt like hope,” Clinton said.

Luntz, Clinton noted, has been conducting focus groups looking at why some people are less likely to consider COVID-19 a threat to them, and in turn be motivated to get vaccinated.

The GOP pollster told Clinton that the largest group people need to reach out to and persuade that COVID-19 is serious is made up of Trump voters.

He said such voters generally do not want to be told what to do, they do not trust the government, they believe the media is dishonest with them and they believe former President Trump lost the election because of COVID-19.

“That makes them instantly more hesitant, either about the virus or the vaccine. So many of them are in rural areas, which are less likely to trust the vaccine or want to get it. And so many of them are anti-government, which means that they won't even accept what the CDC says or the FDA or Anthony Fauci ,” Luntz continued.

The other two groups he named were Black and brown individuals and 18 to 39 year olds.

When asked by Clinton if he has discovered any messages or messengers that have a chance of persuading Trump voters to be vaccinated, Luntz said the “most amazing message” would feature President Biden and Trump together, along with both leaders’ doctors.

“The most amazing message would be delivered by Donald Trump and Joe Biden together, the current president and the former president. Each one delivering a sentence of thanks to the other, Donald Trump complimenting Joe Biden for getting the vaccine out across the country, incredibly fast, efficient and effective; Joe Biden giving Donald Trump credit for his administration developing the vaccine in a rigorous and detailed and scientific manner,” Luntz said.

“And then the two of them say ‘but don't trust us, trust our doctors,’ and then Biden’s doctor and Trump's doctors say for the remaining 50 seconds of a 60 second ad that we know that this vaccine is safe, we know that it works,” he continued.

Luntz concluded, however, that the ideal message will not come to fruition because “our politics are so divided.”

Worries have grown over Republicans’ hesitancy to receive a vaccine in recent weeks, as supplies are being more accessible and states are rolling back restrictions.

A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found that 45 percent of Republicans “don’t plan” on getting a vaccine, compared to 7 percent of Democrats.

Another survey from Monmouth University found that 43 percent of Republicans “likely will never” get a shot, while only 5 percent of Democrats said the same.

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