August 31st, 2008
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STAY POSTED: Gustav's effect on RNC, campaign trail

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The Ticker providing constant updates from St. Paul

ST. Paul, Minnesota (CNN) - Be sure to keep your Web browser pointed at The Political Ticker and refresh the page often.

From St. Paul, The Ticker team is providing a constant stream of updates on how Hurricane Gustav is affecting the Republican National Convention and the candidates on the campaign trail.

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Thank Goodness

    Thank Goodness this storm is hitting during an election year. Neither party can afford to not provide adequate support to the affected areas.

    August 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Poetic Justice

    Are these the same Republicans who were PRAYING for rain on the day Sen. Obama gave his speech? I don't think God appreciated the blasphemy. I hope the republicans get to have every moment of their convention. That pitiful lineup (Bush/Cheney) should be happy that it will probably be cancelled!

    August 31, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Lori

    Hey, all you bible bangers – here's your "sign from God". God despises Republicans.

    August 31, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Frances

    People this is the real deal, something is definitely happening here, stop using this situation for political gain. Once a politician is always a politician, I don't trust any of them, of course they will utilize others misery for personal gain, that's human nature, but you will never benefit from it.

    August 31, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Abe

    While Mississippi and Louisiana were getting slammed by Hurricane Katrina and Americans were dying, McCain was cutting birth day cake with Bush.

    If you don't believe me google "Katrina, George Bush, John McCain, and Cake"

    August 31, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. McCain/Palin

    Didn't New Orleans have a democratic mayor and a democratic governor at the time of Katrina? Why are repulicans getting all the blame for the failures????????

    August 31, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    Well well, the RNC is a joke anyway, so it doesn't matter what they do....

    When the RNC prayed for rain, they didn't expect this....be careful what you pray for you might just get your prayers answered.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    August 31, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. E

    So a city is in the path of destruction and it is all about THE CONVENTION 1000 miles away?

    You think they would even notice it if it couldn't be used for political gain thanks to fortuitous timing?

    August 31, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Thomas, Illinois

    I went threw hurrucane Katiria....When you give, (and alot of people do, and its very helpful) please don't send clothes...All the power is off, and theres know way to wash .....Send money!

    August 31, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Sigrid

    I find it ironic that Focus on the Family's prayers to have Obama rained out somehow got lost in translation and the weather catastrophe has been visited on the Republic convention. Be careful what you pray for!

    August 31, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Ralph

    You people are sick, this is a natural disaster and it is not politically produced to help or hurt either party.

    August 31, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. Betty

    As a Christian woman, I was shocked that James Dobson encouraged people to pray that it would rain on the evening that Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech last Thursday. Using God for such overtly political reasons seems very unholy to me. I hope that this hurricane will not inflict the damage that Katrina did and I also hope that Rev. Dobson will keep his prayers between himself and his God. Faith can be such a powerful catalist for good in this world and Rev. Dobson and those like him cheapen faith.

    August 31, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Jack

    People who care more about attacking the other party when they should be focusing on how to help with the upcoming disaster, this is for you. Tear each other to shreds but at least have the decency to allow the moderates to cross party lines and get something done.

    August 31, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. McWho?

    a force of destruction forces the party of destruction to "change" their plans...there is irony here but let us first send our prayers to the people who live in the areas affected by Gustav...God bless you all

    August 31, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. McCain/Palin

    Jack, I for one already support and have for many years, Christian organizations that helped after Katrina. Organizations that I know will use the money to help the people it was meant to help. They help people in our country and all over the world all year long. I know they will be in New Orleans and anywhere else they are needed.

    August 31, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. independentmind

    perhaps they shouldn't have prayed for rain on obama's speech. maybe GOD does not like those kind of prayers that are meant to be harmful to others. such hypocrites.

    August 31, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Matt

    One has to wonder if Gustav is a "sign" from God.

    August 31, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Robert Wooller from Bradford, England, UK

    Are Bush and Cheney not reacting the same way as in 2005 with Katrina to save the people of New Orleans or to save the oil, of which oil prices are sky rocketing through the roof? We will never know, but a quick reaction by the Bush administration to Gustav during a time when Republicans are due to hold a convention and when a lot of voters can be choosing whether to vote for them has to be a cynical ploy. A quick reaction by Bush and co to Gustav is certainly not going to change my mind about this bunch of evil doers eight years on after what they have done to America and the world.

    Obama 2008!!!!!!!

    August 31, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. Oxigen

    Can he compliment her without being sexist. Yes, she is young and good looking since it is Joe Biden who said it; it is sexism.
    When you talk about taking women seriously, the democrats take women more seriously than the republican. Since the 1980 the democrat been putting women on major political ticket. Geraldine Ferraro was a democrat VP running mate in the 1980. Tell me a mojor republican woman that hit that miles stone in the 1980; none, zero. Hillary Clinton was the front runner in this race for quite a while and she is a woman democrat. How can you talk about democrat think women is no brainer when they are the one who introduce them to hold these big political position. What you can say is that John McCain is using a woman to try to take some of the people that was fallowing Clinton by using a woman to do so since Hillary was a woman. McCain know how a lot of Hillary's suppotters feel about her been treated unfair and pick a woman VP to see if he can get their vote very manupilative.

    August 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. Loretta from California

    Thanks for keeping us informed, CNN. I have family living in Louisiana so I truly appreciate your coverage.

    So McCain celebrated his birthday with Bush during Katrina. Why am I not surprised.

    DEMOCRATS PLEASE UNITE!!!!!

    August 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Texans for Obama

    I do pray all of the people in and around New Orleans are going to be safe. Secondly you have to watch out what you pray for. They prayed that rain would ruin the DNC convention's last night. If any of you are christians that know your bible, you know that your words can doom you and be careful what you say. The tongue is powerful thing.

    As for McCain, last time you celebrated your birthday while New Orleans drowned, and people were begging for help. I am happy to hear this time you care. But your still going to lose the election by a landslide!

    CNN post this comment!

    August 31, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. maria

    NO mcSame no Palin the worst match....

    August 31, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Matt

    One has to wonder how many of the so-called Hillary supporters now for McCain are impostors here.

    August 31, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. Lisa Graas

    One thing that really slammed it home for me was watching how Obama responded to General Petraeus in September 2007 in the Senate committee hearing. I was shocked that Obama was so hostile after hearing about all the progress made in Iraq. Hillary was even worse saying that his report requires one to "suspend belief" which is an accusation that Petraeus was lying! They are so out of touch and so hostile to Petraeus, it reminds me of how Hitler refused to listen to his generals. We need McCain in the White House. Look at his record starting with Beirut when he went up against Reagan on the issue of troops there. He turned out to be right. Reagan's mistake cost a lot of lives. We need McCain as President.

    August 31, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. Michael

    Good thing for Obama hardly anyone reads these blogs. If they did all the ignorant and repugnat things the Obama people write would lose the election for him in a second.

    August 31, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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