*In a welcome sign that the Ebola crisis is getting more top level attention, President Obama is putting off a Wednesday campaign trip to New Jersey and Connecticut. Instead, he’s set to meet with advisers to discuss the government’s response to Ebola, according to the White House.
Press secretary Josh Earnest said the meeting will take place late Wednesday afternoon and that the president will deliver brief remarks at the end of the meeting.
Obama had been slated to visit Union, New Jersey, for a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser before traveling to Bridgeport, Connecticut, for a campaign rally with Gov. Dannel Malloy, reports Politico.
The Connecticut event was to be the president’s first rally of the campaign season and was to come as the White House confirmed his travel schedule for the 20 days until Election Day, which includes stops in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Maine, Michigan, Maryland and Illinois — all campaigning for Democratic gubernatorial candidates.
Meanwhile, according to USA Today, investors’ 2014 stock gains have evaporated under a broad-based Wednesday selloff as fears over the slowing global economy, corporate earnings and the spreading Ebola virus rattles already skittish investors.
The Dow Jones Industrial average plunged 407 points (2.5%) to 15,907 in afternoon trading. The Standard & Poors 500 was down 2.6% to 1,827, while the Nasdaq was off 2.2% to 4,130.
Specifically, Airline stocks were roiled by the prospects of curtailed travel due to the spreading Ebola virus. United Continental fell 6%, American Airlines was off 4.3% and Delta tumbled 4.7%.
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