April 25th, 2008
09:21 AM ET
6 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. NY Dem

    Trying to win back the black vote Hillary?? Not gonna work..

    April 25, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Jose'

    As the democrats behave like democrats, atleast we have somebody behaving like a President.

    It is amazing all of the hatred from the left on these boards.

    No wonder they can't pick a decent candidate.

    April 25, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Carmen

    Everytime there is someing that comes up Hillary has always done that and been there. Okay Hillary I am tired of you. Let's see how well you can fight McCain and leave Obama alone.

    April 25, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Valerie

    just another immature attack; when was the last time Clinton was in New Orleans? you hear the stories, nothing is any better down there, people still live in mobile homes-so her husband was down there with Brangelina to help, but that's it-Hillary, go away!

    April 25, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Hayman

    It is not up to Washington to "fix" New Orleans.

    New Orleans can only be fixed by the people that live there. If they are looking for political solutions, they have already failed that test by re-electing the clowns that oversaw their pathetic infrastructure before Katrina exposed how unprepared the city and state was to deal with what could only be described as an unfortunate eventuality with hurricanes.

    Until the people of New Orleans are willing to try different political solutions, new ideas that stress market progress, and the policies that other places have employed to great success that were also hit hard by Katrina, then New Orleans can stew in its own sauce as far as I am concerned.

    April 25, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. marie

    Finally, Hillary go after the OTHER party!!!

    Clinton is THE worst team player anyone could vote for. She has spent 10's of millions of dollars to stay visable bashing the other credible campaigner within her own party but not the Republican party. And people are still contributing to her campaign after all of her negativity to her own party?

    Next smart move for you Hillary – check out the math. You can't win – so where are all of your NEW donations going?

    April 25, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. A GEORGIA MAMA THAT LOVES OBAMA!!!!

    HIllary, you are disgusting. You are picking out little phrases that John and Barack are saying, and taking them all out of the context of what they meant, to make them look bad and make yourself look good!

    You are such a manipulator, and you should be ashamed of yourself for using the devastation in Bosnia, post- 911, and Hurricaine Katrina as a platform for your own political gain!

    You are such a hypocrite, and you disgust me!! It is terrible that there are just some people who refuse to see through your awful character, and refuse to see that you will do anything just to win and make this all about you!

    HILLARY, SHAME ON YOU! And if you manipulate your way into being the Democratic Nominee, as a protest vote I will be voting for McCain! There is no way in Hell, that I will ever vote for you!

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT! '08

    April 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. April in Texas

    Of course Clinton is attacking.... Its the only way to get free air time since shes more in debt that was originally thought.. I too am an Obama supporter and we are doing just fine money wise.. Shes attacking and Obama is addressing the issues just as it should be..

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Doug R.

    Where was this Mr. McCain in 2005 in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina?? He was no where to be found. Three years after Katrina, McCain tells us that Bush and his administration mis-handled the situation. This Mr McCain is a fraud.

    April 25, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Luke in Dallas

    I don't see anythng wrong with what she said.

    She went there. Helped. Donated. Isn't that true?

    April 25, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. mitch from ark.

    hillary and mccain are both responsible,for the response to katrina,scientists had warned for years,that new orleans' levees could not withstand a large hurricane.but,while clinton and mccain were fighting their never-ending struggle of politics as usual,they dropped the ball.and the limp-noodled 'leader' ,of our great nation,was so lost at what to do next,that he didn't even get his feet wet,trying to rescue the thousands of people desparate for help.what a complete joke this government has become.it's time for a change,and the american people should demand this change and vote for obama/edwards,in 2008.

    April 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Kel from Auburn, AL

    michael, ny, I totally agree with you. She doesn't even build herself up, she just tears others down. At the end of the day, who is left standing? McCain.

    She's really ruining the democratic party in my humble opinion. I wish she would sit down somewhere.

    April 25, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. EXCUSE ME!!!

    Sticks and stones bloggers. Listen to yourselves before you bash anyone for being bad. Listen to your own words. LOSERS!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Indiana Jim

    From May 18, 2007 speech to a crowd of New Orleans' elected and community leaders,

    "It is unacceptable that 20 months after the storms, New Orleans is still coping with vulnerable levees, closed hospitals, dilapidated schools, rising crime, halting economic development, and a shocking lack of affordable housing."

    OK, what has she Done?

    I know,
    1.Pander to the crowd
    2. Tell them what they want to hear
    3. Make it up as you go along.

    Enough of the "Fairy Tales"

    Vote Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. No Obama

    Hillary is the absolute BEST

    April 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. demwit

    Hillary has been fighting for us for 35 years!! Results??

    April 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Brendan D, Niles, IL

    What has Hillary Clinton proposed but the same "Bomb Iran" strategy abroad that McCain supports? And all that does is take money and National Guard troops away from what they do best - just ask the NGs that have been diverted from statewide issues to fight in the Iraqi Civil War.

    Hillary can't hit McCain on domestic issues if she continues to support the Trumanesque Bush/McCain doctrine of preemptive wars abroad.

    April 25, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. A. K.

    I cannot believe a lot of white women would vote for a man who is against a woman's right to choose instead of a black man. That's really sad.

    Well, this fifty nine year old white woman would be prould to vote for Obama for president if my candidate does not get the nomination.

    April 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There needs to be the question asked: since McCain would rather the private sector do it, then were would they get the money since no one can afford to pay these companies except the government? If there was profit to be made is social welfare projects, then there would be little in the way of the homeless or problems getting people into addiction treatment centers.

    April 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Bridgette

    Hayman I agree with you. That is wrong with our whole election system. We keep putting the same people in their over and over and expecting something different. Hilary was in the Senate as well. I think all three of them were in the senate when this happened. If I am wrong I stand corrected. I know atleast two of them were. Katrina was bad now let's figure out how to fix it instead of throwing blame everywhere. Everybody screwed up now let's move on.

    April 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. MICHAEL, PORTSMOUTH NH

    What doesn't this lady have experience doing? It is scary when someone has experience at handling SITUATION.

    "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,"

    How long ago did Katrina hit? How LONG is her record of fighting to rebuild the Gulf? Before this campaign, I can't recall Hillary Clinton down in the gulf region doing anything. This is yet another example of her so-called experience that she will will not have to explain and the media will not research!!

    April 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Herman LA, CA

    She only did it to make it look as though she is trying to go after McCain she really don't want to say anything bad about McCain.

    April 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Go Hill

    If Hillary does not get the nomination- I'm leaving the democratic party.

    Obama is a joke.

    The DNC is corrupt and fixed this primary for Obama.

    I do not want an American Idol for president.

    Now the superdelegates are being pressured to FORGET the reason they were created to begin with... and are going with the popular vote instead of doing what is best for the party and the country.

    The point of superdelegates is to decide a close primary when neither reaches the minimum required delegates. The rules say nothing about simply echoing the popular vote. What would be the point of creating the superdelegates?

    April 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Manny

    Ridiculous!
    Political garbage!

    You don't base such decisions on emotions, by looking at someones expressions!

    You have to logically make a decision whether to rebuild it or not, in the face of another possible hurricane, and the maintenance of the levees.

    April 25, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Uncle Sam

    A more likely scenario: Former Clinton & Obama Supporters = President McCain

    April 25, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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