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Former Chief of Staff to V.P. Biden Named "Ebola Czar"

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Ron Klain Appointed as "Ebola czar" Ron Klain Appointed as "Ebola czar"

WASHINGTON (WBOC/AP) – President Barack Obama has chosen a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden as the point man on the government's response to Ebola.

Ron Klain has been appointed as the Ebola “czar” to oversee health security in the U.S. and actions to help stem the outbreak in West Africa.

U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) says he supports the choice.

“Ron Klain is a qualified and capable leader respected throughout the government,” Sen. Coons said. “He is a brilliant strategist and is known for his ability to manage large, complex operations. Ron also understands the importance of clear communications to the containment of a crisis like this. Ron has my trust and confidence, and I'm glad the President has selected him for this critical responsibility.”

Klain has been out of government since leaving Biden's office during Obama's first term.

The White House said that Klain would report to national security adviser Susan Rice and to homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco.

Sen. Coons describe how big a job Klain faces.

“The sheer enormity of the challenge of protecting Americans from the spread of Ebola in the United States and stopping the outbreak in West Africa requires a clearly defined coordinator tasked with managing our response,” Sen. Coons said. “Coordinating the government's massive international response to this situation needs to be someone's full-time job, not a task competing for attention with other global crises.

Klain, a lawyer, also served as chief of staff for Vice President Al Gore.

He previously served under Attorney General Janet Reno in the Clinton administration.

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