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.”