The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Along with of­fer­ing his usual straight­for­ward take on the na­tion, re­tired neu­ro­sur­geon Ben Car­son was warn­ing health of­fi­cials and the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion about con­tain­ing Ebola over two months ago. It is no won­der, then, that he con­tin­ues to gar­ner the at­ten­tion of the vot­ing pub­lic.

The Na­tional Draft Ben Car­son for Pres­i­dent Com­mit­tee, an in­de­pen­dent po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee or­ga­nized 14 months ago, now re­ports it has raised over $3.3 mil­lion in the third quar­ter of 2014 alone — bring­ing their to­tal to $10.5 mil­lion this year. It is au­then­tic and spon­ta­neous grass-roots stuff: the funds came from 100,000 donors, with 20,000 vol­un­teers poised to hit the cam­paign trail should the oc­ca­sion ar­rive.

Ready for Hil­lary, a su­perpac de­voted to the po­ten­tial cam­paign of Hil­lary Clin­ton, raised about $2 mil­lion in the third quar­ter, with a grand to­tal of $10.25 mil­lion.

“Thou­sands of Americans be­lieve that Dr. Car­son is the best hope for our coun­try, and are show­ing over­whelm­ing support for him to run for the GOP nom­i­na­tion in the 2016,” says cam­paign di­rec­tor Ver­non Robin­son. “Le­gions of sup­port­ers are sign­ing the pe­ti­tion for him to run for pres­i­dent and are con­tribut­ing to the ef­fort be­cause they want a pres­i­dent who is prin­ci­pled, hon­est and car­ing.”

“The tremen­dous support for Dr. Car­son is even more im­por­tant as we near the mid-term elec­tions,” said John Philip Sousa IV, na­tional com­mit­tee chair­man. “Dr. Car­son has said he will lis­ten to the clamor of those who want him to run, and is closer to mak­ing a decision about run­ning for the GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion. We hope that our con­tin­ued ef­forts will achieve that goal.” im­por­tantly, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, where Ebola is epi­demic — is a com­mon­sense mea­sure,” notes an ed­i­to­rial from the Na­tional Re­view. “The White House, or the White House work­ing with Congress, could quickly and eas­ily es­tab­lish a blan­ket ban on travel. They could also pro­vide for ap­pro­pri­ate ex­cep­tions to en­sure that aid con­tin­ues to reach af­flicted ar­eas. Travel to West Africa should be re­stricted to ap­proved mil­i­tary per­son­nel and mon­i­tored aid and med­i­cal work­ers, while travel from West Africa to the U.S. should be han­dled on a case-by-case ba­sis. “

The pub­li­ca­tion adds, “No, the ban would not work per­fectly. But an in­abil­ity to elim­i­nate all risk what­so­ever should not dis­qual­ify ef­forts that would re­duce it, and re­stric­tions would sub­stan­tially cur­tail travel from high-risk na­tions and min­i­mize the risk of Ebo­lain­fected pa­tients reach­ing Amer­i­can shores.” and serve nu­tri­tious food that en­ables Amer­ica’s pub­lic school­child­ren to grow, learn, and thrive.”

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