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Laura Bush, Cindy McCain to Speak Today

By Michael D. Shear
ST. PAUL -- First Lady Laura Bush and Cindy McCain will both make appearances today at the Republican National Committee despite the announcement Sunday that all speeches would be canceled because of Hurricane Gustav, GOP officials said.

Bush will introduce a video of several Gulf state governors thanking the delegates for their support during the hurricane, said Rick Davis, the chairman of Sen. John McCain's campaign, on a morning call (click to listen).

Cindy McCain will make some remarks at the end the abbreviated two-hour session, but Davis said they would be limited to encouraging the delegates to contribute financially to Hurricane relief.

"We will try not to overly politicize it," Davis said, adding that there would be no music or videos beyond the message from the governors. "It was our intention to keep politics out."

Officials said Bush and McCain would start speaking at about 4:50 p.m. CDT.

By Lexie Verdon  |  September 1, 2008; 11:48 AM ET
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What a bunch of bull they were suppose to put on Bush and Cheney tonight, and it looks like now they're copying the DNC Conventions order.

Posted by: JEFO | September 1, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Go McCain/Palin!!!!

I am sick of everyone blaming Bush and the Republicans for Katrina. Noone even knew that the levees would break. People were told to leave and chose not to. Aid got there and what did some people do? Riot and shoot at the rescue helicopters. What great American Citizens! Why didn't the governor and mayor use all those buses just sitting in that parking lot to get people out? Instead we had to hear that stupid Kanye West say George Bush doesn't care about black people. Oh please! Quit your whining. I used to Kanyes music but after that stupid remark his CDs went in the trash can. Stop blaming everything on Bush already it's old and trendy. Half you people dont know what you're talking about, just go with the flow I guess. Liberals are so blind and act like everyone is out to get them. Did you hear all those people in the midwest crying for help when there were floods NO! They helped themselves like real Americans do.

Posted by: Elizabeth | September 1, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN VOTED AGAINST RELIEF MEASURES FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINA

McCain Voted Against Emergency Funding Bill, Including $28 Billion for
Hurricane Relief. McCain voted against passage of the Emergency
Supplemental Appropriations of 2006. It would provide more than $28 billion
for hurricane relief, approximately $2.3 billion for pandemic flu
preparations and $1.9 billion for border security efforts. [2006 Senate
Vote #112, 5/4/2006]

McCain Voted Against Five Months of Medicaid For Hurricane Katrina
Victims. McCain voted against an amendment to provide emergency health care
and other relief for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The amendment would
grant access to Medicaid to Hurricane Katrina victims for up to five
months; it also provided full federal funding for Medicaid in Louisiana,
Mississippi and Alabama for up to one year; provided $800 million to
compensate providers caring for Katrina evacuees; it temporarily suspended
the Medicare Part B late enrollment penalty; and permitted states hit by
Katrina or serving evacuees to access the TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy
Families) Contingency Fund. It would be offset with funds unspent by FEMA.
[2005 Senate Vote #285, 11/3/2005]

McCain Voted Twice Against Establishing A Commission To Study The
Response To Hurricane Katrina. McCain voted twice against establishing a
Congressional commission to examine Federal, State, and local response to
devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. Gulf Region; and
making immediate corrective measures to improve future responses. [2006
Senate Vote #6, 2/2/2006; 2005 Senate Vote #229, 9/14/2005]

Posted by: JACK | September 1, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

As far as I am concerned none of this makes up for the callous indifference of the Republicans duirng and after Katrina.
I hope the all choke on thier newly found and minted compassion.

Posted by: nclwtk | September 1, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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