- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby thinks Ebola is being politicized, and she called a news conference to complain about it.

Wehby told reporters in a conference call Friday that the government’s response to Ebola has been “too reactive,” and she called for a ban on nonessential travel to west Africa.

Wehby is a pediatric neurosurgeon who has struggled to gain traction in her race against Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley. She says Democrats are treating Ebola as a political issue rather than a medical issue.

Republican candidates around the country are trying to seize on Americans’ fears about Ebola in the final three weeks before the midterm elections.

A spokesman for Merkley says he supports “limits on nonessential travel as part of a broader strategy of containment.”

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