Mitt Romney may not have stopped Ebola from coming to America, but his reaction would have been more aggressive and decisive in culling American fears over the deadly virus.
This is the claim that New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown has made in a recent radio interview with Fox News.
“Gosh can you imagine if Mitt was the president right now?” Brown said. “He was right on Russia, he was right on Obamacare, he was right on the economy. And I guarantee you we would not be worrying about Ebola right now and, you know, worrying about our foreign policy screw ups.”
On the show itself, Brown was not asked to elaborate about how the Mitt Romney response would be different, but a spokesperson for Brown later issued the following statement (via Mediaite).
“This is nonsense. Scott Brown was making the point that Mitt Romney would be handling these crises much more effectively than President Obama, whose failed policies Jeanne Shaheen has supported 99 percent of the time.”
President Barack Obama has found himself under fire as of late. While close to 70 percent of the country supports a travel ban out of West Africa and into the United States, the president has stuck to his guns in refusing to take such action.
Some blame this policy for Ebola arriving to the U.S. and spreading to two hospital workers, one of whose condition has since been downgraded.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received a lot of criticism for its handling of the Ebola virus on U.S. soil, first advising against the travel ban and then giving an infected nurse the go-ahead to board a plane for Cleveland before she became symptomatic.
Naturally, the CDC criticisms have been easy to expand to the president for his Republican opponents. Adding to Obama’s woes — at least on the Ebola issue — is the fact that his “Ebola czar” admittedly knows very little about the disease.
Meanwhile, the president’s approval rating is 11 points lower than his disapproval, according to Gallup.
As for Mitt Romney, he has stayed somewhat silent on criticizing the president for his Ebola response. However, Romney has taken shots at the man who defeated him in 2012.
Recently, while speaking at an engagement in Des Moines, Iowa, he made a joke about the President that has caused some mild controversy from the left, reports U-T San Diego.
What do you think, readers? Would Mitt Romney have prevented Ebola from coming to the U.S., or at least responded with a more successful approach?