Perry comes under scrutiny from both Republicans and Democrats for traveling to Europe during the Ebola scare on a foreign policy trip, ahead of an expected presidential run, that meant he was away when the infections of Pham and Vinson happened. Republican strategist Mark McKinnon:
Crisis management is actually something Perry has done pretty well in the past. But, in this case when the national spotlight was on Texas, Perry was missing in action. And based on pure politics, this is a situation where he could have taken command and control and looked presidential. He’s trying to jump back on stage now, but at the very least, he missed the first act because he was in Europe.
Democratic strategist Paul Begala:
Of course, Gov. Perry should have canceled his trip or come back from Europe — just as President Obama should have gone to the border. As George H.W. Bush said, ‘90 percent of life is just showing up.’ Now, will that hurt Perry two years from now? No way.