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He is bet­ter now than he was dur­ing the 2012 pres­i­den­tial race. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is build­ing his bank of quotable re­ac­tions to is­sues of vis­ceral con­cern to vot­ers: the econ­omy, job cre­ation, se­cu­rity threats, im­mi­gra­tion — and now out­break. The first case of Ebola on U.S. soil is in his state, after all — com­plete with alarm­ing de­tails.

“I’ve been in close com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the di­rec­tor of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden, as well as all ap­pro­pri­ate Texas state health of­fi­cials, who are work­ing closely with their lo­cal and fed­eral part­ners to man­age this very se­ri­ous case,” Mr. Perry tells a ner­vous, but vot­ing pub­lic. “There are few places in the world bet­ter equipped to meet the chal­lenges posed by this case. Texas is one of only 13 states cer­ti­fied by the CDC to con­duct di­ag­nos­tic Ebola test­ing and we have health care in­sti­tu­tions and pro­fes­sion­als who are sec­ond to none.”

The canny gov­er­nor and po­ten­tial White House hope­ful fi­nal­izes his case with this: ”Pro­fes­sion­als on ev­ery level of the chain of com­mand know what to do to min­i­mize any po­ten­tial risk to the peo­ple of Texas. As he works to­ward a full re­cov­ery our thoughts and prayers are with the pa­tient and his fam­ily.”

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