CDC Funding Emerges As Campaign Issue

In August, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor made an unexpected accusation —  that his Republican opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, was soft on Ebola.

Pryor, who is locked in a tight re-election battle, released an ad, titled “Emergency Response,” that claimed that Cotton had voted “to cut billions from our nation’s medical disaster and emergency programs.”

With news clips about the Ebola outbreak playing on the screen, the narrator says, “Tom Cotton voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola.”Pryor may have been one of the first candidates to make Ebola a campaign issue, the outbreak has now become an issue in other campaigns.

In North Carolina, Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis issued a call for a travel ban on flights from African nations impacted by the outbreak, reports The Hill.