April 25th, 2008
09:21 AM ET
10 years ago

Clinton hits McCain over New Orleans comments

 McCain traveled to New Orleans Friday.

McCain traveled to New Orleans Friday.

(CNN) - On the heels of John McCain's visit to New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, Hillary Clinton said Thursday night she has a better record of fighting to rebuild the Hurricane-ravaged region.

"The difference between Senator McCain and myself is that I have a long record of fighting to rebuild the Gulf and to help the citizens who live along the Gulf who were left to their own devices by their government," Clinton said at an Indiana event. "In fact, Senator McCain said he might want to tear down the ninth ward instead of rebuilding it, but I went to the ninth ward after Katrina and met with people there and saw the destruction and I saw the resilience in their eyes and they deserve our help to rebuild and regain their lives and their homes."

Clinton appears to be referring to comments McCain made Monday on board his campaign bus: "That is why we need to go back - to have a conversation about what to do - rebuild it, tear it down - you know -whatever it is," he said then.

But speaking in New Orleans Thursday night, McCain seemed to rule out the possibility of tearing down the area.

"There may be some who wonder from afar: Why even bother rebuilding parts of what was lost in Katrina? But the people who live there in the Ninth Ward don't feel that way. They are even hoping that life will be better than before," he said

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. StevePam

    Youtube Hillary Clinton Peter Paul

    April 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Venus

    Pack it up Hillary! You are broke and you are not going to win!

    April 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Sandy

    And where were the Clintons while all that was going on in New Orleans? Were they down there once? They were raking in $109 million over 5 years. Did they contribute any of that to help those people? Not that I heard.

    More political opportunism from Clinton. She will say anything, and will use anybody or anything to further her own agenda.

    April 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Hillary has ticked me off so much during this campaign that even when she says something that i want to agree with, I find myself wanting to object just because she said it! I really didn't want to believe the naysayers at first but I really am starting to see just how our party is!!!

    April 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. mjaber

    Hillary's trying to make everyone look bad.

    April 25, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Linda

    I am a repubican who has become energized to particpate in the process for the first time by Barack.

    Unfortunately by their actions during this primary process, the Clintons have tarnished thier legacy and sadly HRC's amibition to become president will never materialize.

    April 25, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Corey, Maryland

    Does anyone else notice how Clinton is just jumping of everything these days. Obama and McCain cant even pick there noses without Clinton making a big deal about it!!!! I didn't think she could make me hate her any more than I already did, but that is the only thing she is good at I guess, making people hate her.

    Obama Richardson 2008

    April 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. The Pope

    McCain is out of touch. Thank God Ron Paul is still in this thing......

    April 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA





    April 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Hattie / Chicago

    I am so sick of Hillary.. In her mind, she can do any and everything better than anyone else in the whole wide world !!! What a TWIT !!... She is starting to look more and more like a devisive clown that is out to destroy the Democratic Party just so she can win. Its almost like she is bi-polar.. She scares me nodding her head like she does and it should scare the country to have someone like her in charge of this country let alone BIll running around in the Whitehouse with that CIGAR !!! EWWWW.....

    April 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Hillary vs The Clown

    Come on McCain! You could care less about rebuilding New Orleans just like the rest of the Republican Party show'd with Bush's unbelievable lackluster response!
    Hillary 08

    April 25, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Alice

    Clinton went to New Orleans under sniper fire.

    April 25, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Vivienne

    Flip, flop. Hillary hasn't done anything for us in Louisiana. None of them have done anything for Louisiana. Why? We vote Republican and the Republicans could give a hoot. The democrats like ole Hillary are come down here and act like they can go back to Washington and tell a few stories and generate some concern. We are American's after all. We care more about making sure that Iraq's infrastructure is in tact. And, we'll have to be there for a hundred years if that is what it takes.

    April 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Young & Educated 4 Obama

    The Headline should read: Clinton Backs McCain
    They are one in the same ~ Both Republicans!

    April 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. DEE in fla

    clinton is trying hard to look like the front runner...wow

    please leave hill

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Michelle in Denver, CO

    There she goes again... throwing yet another person under the bus just to make herself look better. Please Indiana end this by voting for Obama!

    April 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. david goldman for OBAMA





    April 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Stacy Clarks, TX

    McCain is such a loser!! such a non-problem!!

    ps: we honor your service to this country, but you cannot help us re-build after the damage your buddy Bush has done...


    DEMOCRATS 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Jim F

    I want to see that "long record of fighting to rebuild the gulf." Just because she says what any hack politician would say (that we need to help people in bad situations) doesn't mean she actually lifted a finger to do anything about it.

    April 25, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Mike, Canada

    Yes Hillary has a great record, I'm sure that she had to run from Ward to Ward amidst sniper fire and bombings. I't's going to be geat to have Hillary and her credentials as Chief Commander and her pocket advisor Bill.

    April 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Trish- PA

    I have absolutely no interest anymore in what that lying, cheating, dishonest monster of a woman has to say and I have no interest in what her horrid, lying, cheating, immoral, skanky, racist, dishonest, monster of a husband has to say either. If Obama does not get the nomination, I am writing him in anyway. Too bad McCain did not know a little more about the economy or I would vote for him over her in a minute. wow, what a horrid monster she is. If she somehow steals and cheats her way into the nomination and the presidency, I am just going to sit back and laugh at all of the people who voted for her as their lives and our economy go down the toilet.

    April 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Carl

    If a bunch of NO citizens want to live under sea level and live in an area that this can happen again, then let these citizens do as they wish.

    It's their lives, and don't come crying to me if it happens again, because you know better.

    April 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Hattie / Chicago

    McCain looks like a dead man in a baseball hat.. Scary !!! Take a break, get a tan... and leave the politicking to the young. Your flip-flopping all over the issues is very distressing....

    April 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. JBD

    To the Clintonites: Yes Mrs. Clinton has done more to try to help the Gulf region recover. So what has she accomplished? NOTHING ... the situation remains dire in the regions most affected by the hurricane. So Clinton is pointing out her failures here in my opinion. That's her problem, she has screamed and hollered about most touchy subjects in America, but has accomplished very little in the way of correcting those problems. That's why an inspirational speaker like Obama can so easily steal so many of her past constituents. Even though he hasn't accomplished much either.

    April 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Richard

    I never heard a peep from mcshame when the disaster happened. Now you can't shut him up about issues he now needs votes on. What a sorry individual!

    April 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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