Speed Reads

2014 midterms

Scott Brown says if Mitt Romney were president 'we would not be worrying about Ebola right now'

Republican candidates for Congress continue to make hay out of the Ebola panic, a trend that will only intensify now that a doctor in New York City has been diagnosed with the virus. But Scott Brown, who is in a surprisingly tight race with Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, went beyond mere Obama-bashing this week, arguing that if Mitt Romney were president, "we would not be worrying about Ebola right now."

It remains unclear how Romney would have prevented Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan from entering the United States, which prompted CNN's Wolf Blitzer to press Brown on the issue last night at a debate between the New Hampshire Senate candidates. Brown said his words were being taken out of context. --Ryu Spaeth