June 20th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain camp denies claim Iowa gov asked him to stay away


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/20/art.mccainiowa.ap.jpg caption="McCain visited the flood-stricken town of Columbus Junction, Iowa Thursday."] (CNN) - John McCain's campaign is striking back after a top staffer for Iowa Governor Chet Culver said Thursday that the Democratic governor had unsuccessfully asked the Arizona senator to avoid making a scheduled campaign trip to the flood-ravaged state.

Patrick Dillon, Culver’s chief of staff, said in a statement there had been worries McCain's arrival would put a strain on already-overtaxed area law enforcement. The presumptive Republican nominee visited several hard-hit towns in the state Thursday.

President Bush also visited Iowa Thursday.

A McCain aide said the campaign took steps to avoid burdening any flood recovery efforts. “We worked with the local authorities to make certain we weren’t getting in the way. We’d be happy to put you in touch with the local mayor and sheriff who were part of our tour,” a McCain aide told CNN and pointed to an AP-reported comment from the mayor of the town of Columbus Junction, Iowa that McCain’s Thursday visit had not posed any difficulties.

“The governor never called the campaign to express this concern,” the McCain aide added.

“We understand and share the governor’s concern - that’s why we worked closely with the local officials - and clearly stand ready to do anything to help the governor and the people of Iowa in any way we can.”

This week, presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama visited the flood-threatened town of Quincy, Illinois. Iowa Governor Culver endorsed the Illinois senator during the Democratic primary season.

Although the Secret Service provides security for presidents and likely presidential nominees, the trips also call on the resources and manpower of local law enforcement.

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soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Michelle

    Fact: Obama was in a flooded area in Illinois and personally filled (reportedly) 15 sandbags in approximately one hour, but canceled a visit to Iowa after receiving the same request to stay away.

    Fact: Local law enforcement and emergency personnel are already working their butts off to attempt to safeguard lives and property, they know if they do ro do not have time for the side show.

    Fact: Both candidates care what happens to Iowa and all of the flooded areas.

    Fact: Sometimes people who are not qualified to handle a situation just need to get out of the way and let the people who are qualified, do their jobs.

    June 20, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Eileen from Maine

    posted by: A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    He may not be a Muslim now at least that is what he tells us, but you never know what goes on behind closed doors with him and his hurricane wife. Isn't she a piece of work?

    Do you want to risk our country with an unknown who was raised in a foreign land? I don't think I want that risk
    ps shhhh don't anybody tell Nightingale, but Hawaii, where BO was raised is one of our United States, not a foreign land. Oh yes, he did live in indonesia when he was 6 years old and studied catechism in school. I never thought of Americans as being such scaredy cats. .

    June 20, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Dear John,

    If you ain't gonna pick up a shovel and help. Keep out!

    Friends forver,

    June 20, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Rob indetroit

    nightingale shut your racist mouth up .

    June 20, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Tim Myers

    Another thing Mccains views are not the same as Bush he just happens to agree with some of them at leas Mccain knows we need to become dependent from foreign oil and start using alternative fuel sorces onlike Obama or should I say Carter with his stay the same and raise taxes wow isnt that the last time we whent into a recession O ya it is so when you dont know what you are talking about keep you mouth shut so you dont look stupid

    June 20, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. MLG

    I'm voting for McCain. At least I know where he stands. Obama is not trust worthy. McCain 08

    June 20, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Dear A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square,

    Your comments qualify for a prize: Xenophobic of the Week.

    May all your children married foreigners and give you a human color pallete of grandchildren.


    June 20, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Sean Attwood

    It is sad that McBush doesn't care about wasting local enforcement resources as a tradeoff for a vain attempt at a photo opportunity. Same old politics! Get out of the way old man and make room for the American people who are here to change this great country!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Tim Myers

    You blame bush and republicans but do you not know that its not the president but congress that make the rules the president just signs the dotted line and come up with some ideas and handels affairs and guess what the congress is almost all democrats that you people put there so if you are bieng into all the democrap you are not verry smart and are verry ignorant when it comes to polatics so just dont vote do America a favor and if you do vote be smart dont bie into change and liberal crap ok democraps

    June 20, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. ???

    McCain went to Canada today.

    McCain: My friends...
    Canada: We're not your friends, buddy!

    June 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. JJ

    "gov did not share his concerns with us. . . . "we share the Gov's concerns." WHICH IS IT? This guy will lie about anything, as he learned from the master – w.

    June 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Rob indetroit

    He's for tax cuts he's against tax cuts then for it again he's against off shore oil drilling he's for it he'sfor campaign finance reform he's against it. mccain's the flipper leave obama alone for one thing

    June 20, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. ???

    Down with Obama
    June 20th, 2008 2:16 pm ET

    "AOL Straw Poll: Our weekly survey was restarted again on Friday, June 20 at 11AM ET. The first week of the general election AOL Straw Poll had nearly 410,000 votes. John McCain came out ahead of Barack Obama, 56%-44%. We will be launching a new version of this poll shortly that includes third-party presidential candidates.

    This week it is McCain 64% to Obama's 36%. You can only vote once in this poll. There isn't a Blue State on the Map!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    PUMA Democrats on the move!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    I just ran a poll in which Ralph Nader is winning by 90% of the vote. See, I can make up data too when there is no proof to back it up. Most of the official polls show a dead heat and I think I'll trust the majority over the one.

    June 20, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. ???

    June 20th, 2008 3:12 pm ET

    "Seems McCain can't win. People were attacking him because he wasn't visiting flooded areas and now that he was there, he's being attacked. I also love that when Obama changes his mind on ublic financing everyone claps and cheers but when McCain changes his mind about something he's a flip-flopper. Really, some of you Obama supporters are ridiculous, all this talk about change and a new political climate, but you can't let go of the name calling and personal attacks."

    You are right. I'll try my best to be more consistent 🙂

    June 20, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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