Put politics aside for Isaac, Democratic convention chair says
August 27th, 2012
11:11 PM ET
10 years ago

Put politics aside for Isaac, Democratic convention chair says

(CNN) - The Democratic National Convention chairman on Monday suggested he would like to see President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney appear together on the Gulf Coast in the wake of a tropical storm which is fast approaching the region and is expected to be a Category 2 hurricane by the time it makes landfall.

"I also agree that it would be great to see the two of them there in support of the people," Antonio Villaraigosa said on CNN's "The Situation Room."

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Tropical Storm Isaac has largely spared the site of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, but is approaching hurricane strength and is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the region.

Villaraigosa, who is the mayor of Los Angeles and close to Obama, said the storm presents an occasion for the two candidates to move beyond politics.

"I know this: That both Republicans and Democrats agree right now that it's country before party," he said.

The Republican convention this week was shortened from four days to three as Isaac appeared over the weekend to be threatening Tampa.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. J.V.Hodgson

    What nonsense! Other than sympathetic consideration as a US citizen, past governor of an almost Non hurricane state, Romneys prescence would only perhaps confuse who is in charge. In Louisiana tha'ts Jindal the governor and the mayor of New Orleans. Support from government has come already from Obama by declaring a state of emergency.
    The last thing New Orleans needs is the police, mayor, governor, other emergency services being tied up protecting, talking to Obama or Romney while the GOV and mayor and emergency service chiefs are trying to minimise the effects and damage especially loss of life and property.
    FEMA and Homeland are already involved. Thats enough.
    How on earth does he think Obama and or Romneys or both presence improves how the response will fare??

    August 27, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  2. Jonathan Collins

    Would we hear this during the Democratic convention? And there's no guarantee that Obama won't be busy with a fundraiser like when the Wisconsin recall election was being held. Priorities.

    August 28, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  3. drishism

    After some of the nastiness we have seen in D.C. the last couple years, putting politics aside for a moment would be refreshing.

    August 28, 2012 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  4. Donkey Party

    The GOP is,has,and always will be party over country. They're as un-American as the Taliban.

    August 28, 2012 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  5. CBR

    A bi-partisan effort would be nice. It might bring some cooperation into the politic mix. Would Republicans agree tot his because it might mean some support for President Obama? Bi-partisanship is a dirty word today. It is a my way or the highway. to most Republicans.

    August 28, 2012 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  6. FedUp

    Why should they show up? So they can drain the much-needed resources from the state? So they can get in the way of rescuers and the important work they are doing? So they can cause a scene and get a good photo op? I have more respect for people who are not "ambulance chasers."

    August 28, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  7. Marie MD

    Well, we already know that those affected won't be getting a single can or bag from the mormon church's warehouses around the country, That's only "for them".
    Hey, Villaraigosa, the repugs only care about the rich. Give it a rest.

    August 28, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Why isn't this surprising that a Democrat says it first? I know that the GOP changed what they did for the convention because of the storm Isaac, but it would be a mice touch to see them united as Americans.

    August 28, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  9. w l jones

    That would be like traveling in deep space in silent.

    August 28, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  10. Bill

    What a noble idea. I wonder if he would suggest the same thing if the Democratic convention was in progress.

    August 28, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |