September 1st, 2008
10:39 AM ET
14 years ago

Biden cancels event, citing Gustav

PITTSBURGH, Pennslyvania (CNN) - Hurricane Gustav is having an impact on both sides of the aisle: hours after prompting Republican John McCain to scale back the GOP convention schedule, the storm is affecting the plans of his Democratic counterparts as well.

Citing the dire situation along the Gulf Coast, Senator Joe Biden cancelled his plans to march in Pittsburgh's annual Labor Day parade Monday. Instead, Biden was to give a statement on the hurricane at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Watch: Biden reacts to Gustav

The campaign still planned to hold two afternoon events in Scranton, Pennsylvania, including a discussion on jobs and the economy at Biden's childhood home.

Filed under: Hurricane Gustav • Joe Biden • Pennsylvania
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. PJ, New York Independent

    Yes, we need Joe Biden to give a statement/briefing on the Gulf Coast situation... we don't have enough news outlets/meteorologists already working on it. What a joke this is! Trying to score political gain over it. Don't forget to spew your hate towards the Republican's Mr. Biden, over how Katrina was their fault and of no fault of the useless Mayor of New Orleans and even more useless governor (Blonko), both Democrats I might add, who did NOTHING and then blamed the Federal government.

    September 1, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Ernie, New London

    Forget Biden-–Sarah Palin has stolen the hearts and minds of middle America. She's totally changed the dynamics of the race. Obama should have had an 8 point post convention bump and she wiped it out. The CNN poll shows the race as a tie and the Republicans have not even had a convention. Obama/Biden is in huge trouble thanks to the lady with the M-16.

    Sarah Palin will not fold like Hillary did. She's much tougher. Afterall, she hunts bear. If Obama came upon an 8 foot brown bear in the woods, he'd wet his pants.

    September 1, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. sacto joe

    Yes, this is serious business. I wonder if anyone will pay attention to the utter FAILURE of the Bush administration to repair the environment in the area around New Orleans? Storm surge is a huge part of the problem from hurricanes in the area, but very little has been done to deal with this issue.

    Of course, that's an ENVIRONMENTAL and SCIENTIFIC issue, which the Bush administration is actively hostile to. Interesting that McCain picked a VP who is even more anti-environment and anti-science than President Bush!

    Senator McCain, you are such an amazing Flip-Flopper! What happened to your belief that experience was paramount in a potential President? Oh, that's right: you'll say anything to get elected.

    September 1, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Gifty

    An old man with nothing to offer american people.
    John/Sera 08

    September 1, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Paul

    Senator McCain's VP pick of Palin should take the wind out of Obama's change sails. Even though McCain should retire at age 75, he will win the election.

    Hillary will greatly clamor "You See, You See"

    September 1, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. bertha doucet

    I think Joe Biden did the right thing by cancelling his plans to march in the labor day parade in's not the time for Politics..!!Houston Texas

    September 1, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. The Bush Twins : George and John

    It's the right thing to do. We have a disaster in the making. I'd like give McCain the benefit of the doubt and think he would do the same.

    I pray our government won't fail our countrymen again. God bless you and keep you !!

    September 1, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. RJ

    WOW! Biden's gonna give us a "statement" about the hurricane situation. Now we will FINALLY learn the truth - never mind that we've had TV coverage on it for 24 hours.

    The Obama/Biden house of cards is crumbling before our very eyes!

    September 1, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Dave

    oh how nice of the secret war-monger.

    September 1, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Denise

    How much you want to bet the GOP are going to politicalize this?

    September 1, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Another NYC independent

    Well McCain did say that this was not the time for politics, but while Biden cancelled his, McCain went back on his words and held a rally himself.

    McCain is a chauvinist, sexist, and a hypocrite.

    September 1, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Foreign observer

    At least Biden doesn´t go for polar bears murdering, Alaska environment destroying, oil drilling and sea spoiling activities. There is nothing Palin can be proud of.

    September 1, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Rose

    Wanna bet that CNN will be sure to show us Biden's speech? It is about time he came forward, now it is Obama's turn but he won't stop one of his "major speeches" long enough to even care what is going on in the gulf states. Shame on him.

    September 1, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. CM

    Wow, I can't believe that some of you'll actually are trying to put the blame for Katrina on the Dems. FEMA took 5 days to get there under Bush's appointee Mike Brown who was a horse trainer before he took over that agency.

    Now Sarah Palin is being touted as experienced? You gotta be kidding me guys, you'll are just going through the motions now.

    I also read an article this morning talking about HRC being galled at Palin mentioning her and will come back out on the trail for Obama in the swing states. Should be interesting.

    Oh, I'm a FL resident who know a bit about hurricanes.

    September 1, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Troy

    Palin has about as much experience as a White House intern. John McCain essentially killed his own argument that Obama has no experience. I was considering voting for him, but this has shaken my confidence in him. Is he becoming senile? She has hardly began her 1st term as a Governer of sparcely populated state that is mostly uninhabited wilderness. I like John Mc Cain, but what was he thinking? I'm hearing from a lot of people that are switching to Obama now. I sincerely regretted voting for Bush because of his dismal incompetence. Now Mc Cain is showing signs of bad judgement. Enough of this. We need intelligence in the White House.

    September 1, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |