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Obama’s Ebola Czar to Fix Political Damage

FILE - Ron Klain, new Ebola Czar appointed by President Obama.

October 21, 2014 9:06 PM
Ron Klain is a lawyer with a reputation as a formidable campaigner and administrator but no public health background More

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Ron Klain is a lawyer with a reputation as a formidable campaigner and administrator but no public health background

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As Ron Klain begins his job as President Barack Obama’s Ebola Czar on Wednesday, his agenda will include not only stopping the Ebola virus from spreading, but also containing the political damage that the three cases on U.S. soil have brought upon the president and his Democratic Party. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

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