Sen. Kevin Cramer Lies About Obama Declaring National Emergency For ‘No Reason’

Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota falsely claimed on Feb. 19 during a podcast that President Obama declared a “national emergency” for “no reason” to “fight swine flu and we didn’t have a single case of it in the United States.”

The Associated Press noted that Obama had every reason to declare a national emergency back on Oct. 23, 2009, with over 1000 deaths in the United States from the flu strain known as H1N1 (aka ‘swine flu’).

The Associated Press reports that Obama’s 2009 swine flu emergency declaration had bipartisan support at the time, and that “the flu strain was linked to more than 274,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths in the U.S. between April 2009 and April 2010.”

(Source: The Associated Press, Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons)

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