but McCain visited Iraq first! still think he’s a president for “the people” and not the “typical republican” as he is claiming?! or will it president for a certain group of people only, i.e., business as usual.
McCain, a LONG-TERM Senator on Capitol Hill, is also JUST discovering that funds were not allocated for levee improvement years before Katrina which would have prevented a catastrophic disaster. funds were not made available for levee improvements in 2002 because McCain was busy voting for war funding! duuuh!! Hillary Clinton also voted for war funding. yet Sen. Obama is deemed an elitist and out of touch?!
where was McCain when citizens from New Orleans were being scrambled all across the country, dividing families and heritages like it was candy being handed out on Halloween? and again, he’s running for president to represent “the people”.
McCain visiting New Orleans now is a day late and several dollars and senators short.
oh and Cindy McCain has always been proud of her country. funny, I didn’t see her face any where among the crowds of volunteers during AND after the Katrina disaster. I guess she was too busy being proud of her elite and millionaire upbringing, and demonstrating this with those just like her.
right now, McCain’s golden ticket is that he was a “war hero”. but that won’t give him a free pass to continue “as is” with two different countries right here within the United States. ironically, the priceless idiot Elisabeth Hasselbeck is slamming Sen. Obama repeatedly by claiming he’s divisive for this country and can never represent her interest. but Hasselbeck loves Sen. McCain and his wife. why am I not surprised by this?!
McCain says U.S. government failed New Orleans
Sen. John McCain blasted the Bush administration and all levels of government Thursday for the failed response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
“We know we didn’t have the right kind of leadership … where government agencies were getting information from watching cable television rather than have a flow of information,” McCain said during an event at Xavier University in New Orleans.
“It was not only a perfect storm as far as its physical impact … it was a perfect storm as far as the federal, state and local governments’ inability.”
“Never again will there be a mismanaged natural disaster,” he said, later assuring the crowd that “it will never happen again in this country; you have my commitment and my promise.”
McCain was in New Orleans on the fourth day of a tour through some economically struggling Democratic states, trying to convince voters that he’s not the typical Republican.
He made stops this week in Selma, Alabama; Youngstown, Ohio; and Inez, Kentucky.
The Arizona senator toured New Orleans’ 9th Ward, the neighborhood hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina, and discussed the tough times ahead for the poverty-stricken area.
“We … know that there’s enormous challenges ahead,” McCain said. “Americans have not forgotten New Orleans.”
McCain and his wife, Cindy, along with Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, spent about 20 minutes walking through the Lower 9th, stopping at a house being rebuilt by about a dozen volunteers from DeutscheBank in New York.
“I’m proud to be in your company. You’re what America’s all about,” McCain told them.
McCain also visited with workers at the Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Empowerment Association. He asked Leroy Crawford how things were going; “It’s work, but we’re working,” Crawford replied.
In addition to touring, McCain is trying to put out a political fire set by members of his own party: a controversial ad slamming Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama that is running in North Carolina.
After McCain effectively clinched the Republican nomination, he called on his party to run a respectful, above-the-fray campaign.
But the ad, conceived by North Carolina Republicans, appears to defy that call.
“For 20 years, Barack Obama sat in his cube listening to his pastor,” the TV ad says.
The ad then airs comments from Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who says: “And then wants us to sing “God Bless America?” No, no, no. Not ‘God Bless America,’ God [expletive] America.”
McCain’s campaign released an e-mail he sent North Carolina GOP Chairwoman Linda Daves that asked her not to run the ad.
“In the strongest terms, I implore you to not run this advertisement,” he wrote. “This ad does not live up to the very high standards we should hold ourselves to in this campaign.”
North Carolina Republicans refused to pull the ad.
“I can’t dictate to them. But I want to be the candidate of everybody. I want to be the candidate of Republicans and Democrats and independents,” he said Wednesday.
Even as McCain promised to stick to issues, he found an opportunity to knock Obama for remarks that suggested rural and working-class voters, bitter about the economy, focus on issues involving religion and guns.
“Those are elitist remarks, to say the least,” McCain said.