Dem Senate Candidate 'Greatly Concerned' by US Ebola Response

Image: Iowa Senate Candidates Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst Debate in Davenport
DAVENPORT, IOWA - OCTOBER 11: U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) debates Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst at the Galvin Fine Arts Center on October 11, 2014 on the campus of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. The two are engaged in a closely contested race to filll the seat of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and is considered to be one of the key races to determine control of the U.S. Senate. (Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)David Greedy / Getty Images

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Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley, who is currently locked in a tight Senate race, used a Congressional hearing about Ebola on Thursday to critique the Obama administration’s response to the outbreak.

“I am greatly concerned...that the administration did not act fast enough in responding in Texas,” Braley said.

Braley took a break from the campaign trail to return to Washington for the hearing. He is waging a hotly contested campaign against Republican Joni Ernst, who on Wednesday released a statement critical of the White House response to Ebola.

The disease is shaping up to be an issue in this year’s midterm elections, though most Americans feel the country is prepared for a possible outbreak. Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, running for Senate in Colorado, also returned for the hearing.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest responded to Braley’s critique, saying the congressman “is somebody who has the reputation of being willing to speak truth to power whether they are in his same party or not.”


-- Andrew Rafferty