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Ted Cruz blasts Obama's Ebola czar as a 'political operative'

Ted Cruz blasts Obama's Ebola czar as a 'political operative'

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday assailed President Obama's handling of the West African Ebola pandemic, accusing his newly-appointed Ebola czar of being nothing more than an inexperienced "political operative."

Obama appointed Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, to lead the administration's efforts to combat the spread of Ebola. But Klain is "not a doctor, not a health care professional, he doesn't have a background in these issues," Cruz groused on CNN's State of the Union, arguing that Klain was a PR solution, not a practical one.

"We should be less concerned with giving the public the feeling that the government is on top of this, and more concerned with the government actually being on top of it," Cruz said.

"We don't need another White House political operative, which is what Mr. Klain has been," he added. --Jon Terbush