Sen. Cruz: Doctors Opposing Travel Ban ‘Working for Obama’
State of the Union host Candy Crowley pressed Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) on his call for a travel ban from west Africa Sunday morning, pointing out that the public health community unanimously opposed such a ban, and asking if the junior senator from Texas would overrule CDC and NIH experts were he in president (a-HEM).
“The doctors and experts that are saying this are working for the administration and are repeating the administration talking points,” Cruz said. “Their arguments don’t make sense.”
Cruz said that CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden’s argument that a travel ban would cause travelers to avoid airport screenings (which was in fact a small portion of Frienden’s argument) failed, as travelers could pass through screenings anyway due to Ebola’s long incubation period.
In fact public health officials oppose the ban for numerous reasons, arguing it would cause travelers to go underground and thus make them (and the virus) harder to track, that it would sow panic in the affected regions, and more.
Cruz did not respond to those arguments. “What is unfortunate is watching the Obama administration treat this as yet another political issue rather than as a public health crisis,” he added.
Watch the clip below, via CNN:
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