Obama To Appoint Former VP Chief Of Staff Ron Klain As ‘Ebola Czar’

News outlets report on the announcement this morning from the White House that U.S. President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain as the new Ebola response coordinator.

CNN: Obama will name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar
“President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his ‘Ebola czar,’ knowledgeable sources tell CNN. The president on Thursday signaled his openness to the idea to have one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States…” (Tapper, 10/17).

The Hill: Obama to name Dem operative Klain to oversee Ebola response
“President Obama is set to appoint top Democratic operative Ron Klain to oversee the government’s Ebola response. Klain served as chief of staff to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden and currently works in the private sector as president of Case Holdings and general counsel to Revolution LLC, an investment firm. Klain will report directly to Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco and the national security adviser Susan Rice, according to a White House official…” (Viebeck/Sink, 10/17).

New York Times: Ron Klain, Chief of Staff to 2 Vice Presidents, Is Named Ebola Czar
“President Obama will appoint Ron Klain, a former chief of staff for Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joseph R. Biden Jr., to manage the government’s response to the deadly virus as anxiety grows over its possible spread, a White House official said on Friday…” (Shear/Davis, 10/17).

Politico: President Obama selects Ron Klain as Ebola czar
“President Barack Obama has chosen Ron Klain to serve as his administration’s Ebola response coordinator, the White House said Friday. Klain will be responsible for the administration’s ‘whole of government Ebola response,’ a White House official said. The official did not refer to Klain as Obama’s ‘Ebola czar,’ but his responsibilities fit the definition…” (Epstein, 10/17).

Washington Post: Obama taps Ron Klain as Ebola czar
“President Obama has asked Ron Klain, who served as chief of staff to both Vice President Biden and former vice president Al Gore, as his Ebola response coordinator, according to a White House official…” (Eilperin/Nakamura, 10/17).

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