April 24th, 2008
03:20 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain criticizes Bush administration on Katrina response

ALT TEXT

McCain toured the lower 9th ward Thursday, and criticized the Bush administration for its response to Hurricane Katrina. (Getty Images)

(CNN) - John McCain, speaking to supporters at Xavier University Thursday afternoon, blasted all levels of government - including the Bush administration - for the failed response to Hurricane Katrina.

“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.

“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.”

In a strong tone, McCain said “never again will there be a mismanaged natural disaster,” later assuring the crowd that “it will never happen again in this country, you have my commitment and my promise.”

McCain is currently on a week-long tour of economically struggling areas of the country, which included stops in Alabama, Ohio, Kentucky and Louisiana.

Earlier Thursday he toured New Orleans’ lower 9th ward, - among the areas hardest hit by Katrina - with his wife Cindy and Lousiana’s GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal. The three walked about 20 minutes through the lower ninth, stopping at a house being rebuilt by about a dozen volunteers from DeutscheBank in New York City.

"I'm proud to be in your company. You're what America's all about," McCain told them.


Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Anthony-Minneapolis,MN

    We have John McCain "Committment and Promise" that it won't happen again, That is what George Bush said as well as he ignored the needs of americans. Another campaign promise never to be fulfilled

    April 24, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. SUE, Michigan

    Well, that's a no-brainer on his part. And just what was HE doing during the hurricane and its aftermath-did he do anything to get the help there faster? Why didn't he blast Bush at the time? Too little, too late, if you ask me!

    April 24, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Stacy Clarks, TX

    HE'S A PHONY!!! HE KNOWS DANG ON WELL HIS POLICIES DOES NOT GIVE A CRAP ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICANS!!! STOP THE LIES

    AND STOP TRYING TO DISTANCE URSELF FROM BUSH, YOU ARE A THRID BUSH TERM, AND WE DO NOT WANT YOU!!!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 24, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    Yes McCain, because you care so much about the darker skinned people, you know based on your previous votes.

    Somebody, please challenge this man on what he says.

    April 24, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. nganga

    Listening or watching Mcshame is like having a bad encounter with a pastor in a funeral service.You know what he is going to say but he says it wrongly. No offence but the guy is OLD!!!!!!

    April 24, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Corey

    This should'nt be a tourist attraction. What have you done or what will you do to help the situation? Nothing!!!

    April 24, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. mitch from ark.

    pandering

    April 24, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Valerie, IN

    Fiddle dee dee. Between Afghanistan, Iraq, and if he's lucky Iran, he won't have time for domestic affairs.

    Not my choice–I want change.

    Obama 08

    April 24, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    WHEN DID KATRINA HAPPEN?
    2005?

    WHEN DID McCAIN CRITICIZE BUSH?
    2008?

    THE GALL OF SOME PEOPLE.

    April 24, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Marshall

    John is getting on an already full bandwagon.

    April 24, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Sean

    John McCain doesn't like black people.

    April 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Sue, Corning, Oh

    John McCain, who was in the administration when Katrina hit New Orleans????

    April 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Veterans Against McCain

    Please see our website vietnam veterans against mccain to see why this man is not a war hero and should not be allowed to be president.

    April 24, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Obama will be President

    No Country For Old Men

    April 24, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Veterans for Obama

    Why will you not sign the GI Bill Mccain? You can send us to war and then forget us?

    WE ARE NOT EXPENDABLE!

    WE HAVE A VOICE AND WILL BE HEARD (I've got nothing better to do but post on this site because I can't get out of bed you heartless geezer!)

    April 24, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. proud army and navy mom

    Mccain will forget what he just said by tomorrow.

    April 24, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. You are all so hateful!!!.

    Leave your race card out when making your comments.

    April 24, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Mr. C.

    Haha.. McCain.. i'm sorry but if Obama is the nominee, i dont think you'll ever get the black votes.

    April 24, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. NC FOR OBAMA

    HE CRITICIZED BUSH. OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH THEN THAT LETS HIM AND HAGEE OFF THE HOOK RIGHT???? NOT!

    April 24, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Justme

    OMG! Is he still running for Prez

    April 24, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. NYC Native

    He would have done things differently. DUH! anyone competent and with a conscience would have too.

    April 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Dilly WA

    What about your Pastor Heage, who's endorsement you are so happy with? He said New Orleans asked for Katrina because it is a sinnful city. You think all those children there deserved it?

    April 24, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Tanya K

    I am a Democrat, but atleast McCain is talking sense unlike the pure immaturity of Obama and craziness of Hillary. It is something I will consider.

    April 24, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Jamaal Kansas

    John Mccain is starting to seem like Hillary he wil do anything even say anything to win but soon as hee do nothing he promise will change that is just how these Politicans are but No Barack Obama

    April 24, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. theresa

    Well, well McCain. I'm not a republican but with you being as old as you are, I figure you would want to do the right thing before you leave this world. Am I righ? if Hillary gets it, count me on your side but I will hold you to your promises. You can bet that.

    April 24, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9