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Cruz: Ebola travel ban is 'common sense'

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzNewly released video from inside Capitol siege shows rioters confronting police, rifling through Senate desks Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? Democratic super PAC targets Hawley, Cruz in new ad blitz MORE (R-Texas) is joining calls to ban flights to the U.S. from nations battling the Ebola outbreak.

“Common sense dictates that we should impose a travel ban on commercial airline flights from nations afflicted by Ebola,” he said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News. “There’s no reason to allow ongoing commercial air traffic out of those countries.”

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The Morning News added that Cruz supported sending medical teams to help fight the outbreak, but only on military aircraft.

“The risks of epidemic are far too large for us to allow unimpeded commercial flights,” he said.

Cruz’s home state of Texas is the location of two active Ebola cases, as well as the recently deceased Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who was the first to be diagnosed in the U.S. The first-term senator sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month, where he avoided calling for an outright ban on U.S. air travel from Ebola-stricken countries but sought to learn more about the FAA’s policies.

The White House has repeatedly said it will not impose travel restrictions, but it increased screenings at five major airports, in Washington, D.C.; New York City; Newark, N.J.; Chicago; and Atlanta. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that two thirds of Americans backed restricting flights from Ebola-stricken nations.

Many lawmakers, including some Democrats, have called for a ban since Duncan began showing symptoms after he arrived in the United States from Liberia.