Obama cancels campaign trip to focus on Ebola

President Barack Obama walks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, upon his return from a meeting at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The president met with military chiefs in a show of strength against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama abruptly canceled a campaign trip Wednesday and planned to convene his Cabinet at the White House instead, as U.S. officials grappled with the widening Ebola crisis.

The White House said Obama’s trip to the states of New Jersey and Connecticut would be postponed to a later date. Obama was to speak to reporters on Wednesday afternoon after meeting with top officials who are coordinating the government’s response to Ebola.

Obama’s decision to cancel the trip — just a few hours before Air Force One was scheduled to depart — reflected the urgency facing the administration and the White House’s desire to show the president is fully engaged. On Wednesday officials disclosed that a second Dallas hospital worker tested positive for the virus after treating anEbola patient who later died.

Obama had planned to travel Wednesday to New Jersey to raise money for Senate Democrats and then fly to Connecticut for a rally for Dannel Malloy. The Democratic governor, like many other Democrats in this November election, is locked in a dead-heat re-election race.

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