August 28th, 2008
09:00 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain camp closely watching Gustav

(CNN) – John McCain’s campaign is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Gustav as it heads towards the Gulf Coast and Republicans begin the trek to St. Paul, Minnesota, to nominate McCain for president.

“John McCain has always been sensitive to national emergencies,” McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said. “In 2000, Senator McCain delayed announcing his candidacy because of the situation in the Balkans. We are monitoring the situation very closely.”

Gustav struck Jamaica just short of hurricane strength. The storm is expected to reach the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 3 hurricane Monday or Tuesday, triggering alerts across the U.S. Southeast. There are particular concerns that Gustav could strike New Orleans which is still rebuilding from devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina three years ago.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. No McCain No How

    didnt some guy make the news for praying it would rain on Obama....whats that they say about KARMA? any rate i pray for all the people in its path, and yes that includes any lingering Hill fans and Republicans, PLEASE y'all be safe, lets not have another Katrina

    August 29, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  2. Shasta

    Get over it, McCain. Bush skipped first response at Katrina to go to your birthday party, so it sounds like you didn't care too much either.

    August 29, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  3. shadowgovernment

    There's a storm coming, and not just a hurricane. While I do not wish anyone any harm, it would be sweet irony to see the GOP have to pack up or delay it's convention after the way they blew the Katrina debacle, and turned their back on so many people who lost everything.

    August 29, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  4. Al

    John must have been sitting on his hands when Katrina hit, or maybe he did not consider it a national emergency?

    August 29, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  5. Hans

    The unpredictable nature of tropical storms has the GOP in a bind: If they postpone the convention the storm might fizzle and they will look like a bunch of alarmist hillbillies. If they don't and Gustav causes widespread damages it will detract media attention and invite comparisons with the hands-off approach of the Bush administration during the Katrina disaster.

    August 29, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  6. bks

    Maybe McCain will name Gustav as Veep!


    August 29, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  7. Rave

    Why are they so worried about the Republican Convention? Just change the venue to some hotel meeting hall that could fit about 500 people.
    That would be way too much and more than enough to listen to the old fool McCain

    August 29, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  8. JOJO

    Oh! Mcane even nature becoming against with rain and wind to wipe you with bush not only youg generation wit their ballot

    August 29, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  9. foo

    Yes, Republicans like John McCain and George Bush have always been really concerned about national emergencies like Katrina.

    August 29, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  10. Anonymous

    McCain was eating birthday cake with Bush during Katrina. Tucker Bounds is full of hooey when he says “John McCain has always been sensitive to national emergencies”.

    August 29, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  11. salmon

    Ya sure, John McCain is up this late watching Tropical Storm Gustav.

    August 29, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  12. Tucker

    Reminds of when McCain celebrated his 69th birthday with Bush as Katrina hit.

    That hurricane that destroyed the Ninth Ward. That place that John McCain has visited twice.

    Sensitive my bottom. He is a political tool.

    August 29, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  13. sorrno

    Is there really a story here? Whay does some quote from Tucker Bounds in 2000 have to do with a storm today? What does a Tropical Storm have to do with Republican politics? This is nonscense.

    August 29, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |