Al Franken Has ‘Nothing Against’ Ebola Travel Bans

October 27, 2014 10:24 a.m.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) shrugged off questions on Sunday about whether he supports travel bans and mandatory quarantines in response to cases of Ebola in the United States.

During a debate on Sunday, all eyes at the table turned to Franken as moderators repeatedly pressed the senator to answer whether he agreed with his Republican opponent on imposing U.S. travel bans on West African countries.

Franken explained he was consulting with officials on different measures to take, but the moderators kept returning to the same question.

“I mean, which is it, do you support a travel ban or not?” one moderator asked.

“I have nothing against a travel ban from West Africa,” he said, after several minutes of questioning. “What I’m saying is it is totally insufficient.”

Eventually, GOP challenger Mike McFadden piled on. “I just listened to both of you ask Al Franken three times what his answer was and he didn’t answer it,” he said.

As The Hill noted, other Democrats facing close races have come out in support of a travel ban, but Franken still leads McFadden by double digits in the polls.

Watch the segment below:

h/t The Hill

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