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TheChat: Blunt wants deeper Ebola travel restrictions

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“This simply doesn’t go far enough. I continue to believe that the best approach is a temporary suspension on all travel visas for those traveling to the United States from Ebola-stricken countries.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, on Tuesday speaking about new travel restrictions from the Department of Homeland Security aimed at cracking down on the spread of Ebola.

Blunt joined a chorus of Republicans in saying the new rules need to be tougher. The department said anyone traveling from the three affected countries must now be screened and documented at one of five U.S. airports before entering the country.

“I am convinced that the next president of the United States is going to be a governor, and it needs to be.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, speaking Tuesday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Christie, of course, was making a point about President Barack Obama, a former U.S. senator who never served as governor. But we’ve had some successful senators, too, who steered away from governorships and did pretty well for themselves in the White House, right Harry Truman?

“It’s as though the other side wants to cast an air of amnesia” over the 2014 midterms. — Hillary Clinton speaking of Republicans on Monday in California.

She said it was “truly regrettable” that Democrats have had to work so hard to elect other Democrats given how well the party performed in the wake of the economic meltdown. “You know, we weren’t really on the brink of the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression; we weren’t really fighting two wars; we weren’t really worrying about what was happening if the economy fell so far and people’s livelihoods and their homes and their health care and everything else they were depending on was swept away.”

“We’ve saddled a generation’s leaders and entrepreneurs with more than a $1 trillion in student debt because politicians aren’t willing to push back on Washington special interests.” — Greg Orman, the independent U.S. Senate candidate from Kansas on Tuesday outlining a plan to deal with the student debt crisis.

Orman’s ideas include cracking down on administrative positions at colleges and universities across the country. He said universities have added more than 517,000 administrators and other non-teaching employees in the last quarter-century at a time when student enrollment grew only 48 percent.

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