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

McCain criticizes Bush administration on Katrina response


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.

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soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. peter , tx


    April 24, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Pamela

    No one saw McCain coming with the calvery to help either. No one heard McCain voice his disgust about Bush handling of Katrina.

    April 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Grif

    A Field Office, and a Different Theatre to Cover.

    April 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Jamie

    Hopefully, McCain's tour of some of the most forgotten parts of our nation will awaken his heart to the real plight of some of our fellow countrymen.
    I couldn't possibly vote for McCain – our beliefs are just too different. But, if he and his wife want to come take a first-hand look at how much suffering exists IN OUR OWN COUNTRY then I think that is great.
    No matter how Republican they are, no matter how cold their party's policies are toward the less fortunate... I cannot fathom that they could come away from a tour of the lower 9th ward and not be affected.
    Let's hope so... for the sake of humanity.

    April 24, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Jon

    Do some of you really think that this is the FIRST time for McCain to criticize Bush's policies, those concerning and not concerning Katrina? Try doing a little research before hitting the "Submit Comment" button.

    I also love it how many posters say that McCain would be four more years of Bush, yet do not specify how he is the same when he has clashed with republicans so many times in his tenure.

    April 24, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Anyone who challanges a former POW who was tortured and beaten, not off smoking dope and whoring like alot of you enjoyed in Viet Nam deserves even less to wear a hate that says NAVY on it than McCain does. I did not see McCain come back from Viet Nam and call his fellow service members including my dad, baby killers and war criminals like your idle did. I retired 10 years ago from the Navy after 20 years and being a part of Desert Shield/ Desert Storm for 8 1/2 months and I still wear a Navy hat that a recruiter friend of mine gave me!

    April 24, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. stag

    please rebuild New Orleans so we can get these dirt bags out of Texas and back to there homes.

    April 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Kate

    McCain...one minute embracing Bush, the next criticizing him. He is going to spend from now until November picking and choosing which Bush policies he wants to bring into his own campaign, and trying to denounce all of those events over the last 8 years that have appalled us all. He is trying to appeal to so many people, and pick just enough policy differences to try to convince the general public that he is not going to be running for Bush's 3rd term. Not working. Only a complete idiot would treat the Katrina disaster the same way Bush did. The disturbing thing is that there are some people who will believe that McCain is just different enough from Bush to vote for him.
    If we get another Republican in office again...GOD help us all!

    April 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Lynn

    So where was his "voice" when this tragedy and international stain on America was taking place?? I thought he was the man of straight talk...funny how this is all being said when it is too late...same old pandering, shifting nonsense...

    April 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Joe

    Hold on there Senator....the LOCAL government was full of democrats...seriously, what would you expect but nothing but chaos???! Don't blame George...blame that lame governor and IGNORANT major!!!!

    PS: Being from LA, when they say EVACUATE, not only do I know how to spell it, I know how to do it!!!


    Gosh, I think it's all Eve's fault!!!

    April 24, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. DA


    April 24, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Chris in Va.

    John, wasn't the time to be critical of the response during the aftermath when the citizens were suffering, not now when you can use it as political showboating?

    April 24, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. John Smith

    America still lives with an "impeached past-president"– Bill Clinton.
    American still lives with an Administration that lies to them daily– Bush.

    Why have people not left America for another nation beacuse of these things?
    Why do people continue to live in American with all the "hate for minorities," including women's rights?
    Why is Hillary still living with a man that has been unfaithful for years in more ways or with an impaeched president?

    Now, how can American expect Obama to take responsibility for the sins of an adult– Rev Wright?

    April 24, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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