Obama Criticizes McCain For Opposing Flood Prevention Spending

MIAMI (AP) -- With communities in the Midwest still under water, Barack Obama is criticizing John McCain for opposing federal spending on flood prevention programs.

Both candidates have visited the flood zones in the past two weeks.

Obama canceled a visit to eastern Iowa last week at the request of state officials and instead went to fill sandbags in his home state of Illinois. McCain toured flood damage in Iowa Thursday.

Obama says while his Republican rival shares his sympathy for flood victims, those people "would have appreciated it even more" if McCain hadn't opposed legislation to fund levees and flood control programs.

The bill spent 23 billion dollars to fund hundreds of water projects.

McCain's campaign says Obama opposed an amendment that McCain co-sponsored that would have prioritized flood control spending over other projects in the bill.


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  • by David Location: Manteo on Jun 28, 2008 at 10:48 PM
    And the child's play continues!! BICKER! BICKER! BICKER! Neither of the candidates in this race are worth the time to even vote for. For decades, WE the voters have been falling to prey of promises by the candidates and each and every single time, WE the voters get nothing after voting for those candidates in. If you notice, the only way we get a word in the matter is when the polls open. Even then, its monitored. We are stuck as voters to boil our decision down to these final candidates who bicker back and forth like children in a school yard. Why cant WE as the voters get an opportunity to speak to the candidates. Tell them what we demand and if they can not supply, get them out of the race. Impeachment should be a more logical answer to those (Bush) who we voted into office and never gave back. Its about time WE wake up! Take back control! And demand what WE WANT! Stop basing your vote on promises and begin to base them on OUR DEMANDS!! After all, its our right as US citizens!
  • by Rusty Location: Washington on Jun 24, 2008 at 08:17 AM
    I think someone is drinking Coolade. Mayor Nagan was the problem with Katrina. Read the facts. He operated like he was in denial. You cannot blame Bush for everything, he is not god. Still upset about 2000 election? Get over it. This election is about money and oil prices. Vote for the one that will allow drilling on US soil. I could not believe that the democratic congress put a moratorium on drilling in the US. This forces us to buy oil from others? Obama doesn't want this? I think you will find how we feel in Nov when gas prices go to $6 a gallon, groceries have gone up and our cars have no resale value. Like Mike posted, the river floods and will always flood. People there know that and live with that every year. There is no flood prevention control you can do because we cannot control water, rainfall, snowfall and nature....get it?

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  • by Tim Location: La Grange on Jun 22, 2008 at 12:44 PM
    Ever since Katrina, all I can picture when a natural disater hits this country is Bush patting former FEMA head Michael Brown and saying "...and Brownie, you're doin' a heckuva job!" Makes me sick. Obama doesn't know a natural disaster if it bit him in the buns. All McCain can do is make sure all of the victims have American flags to fly. That's really going to help these folks rebuild, if they do.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2008 at 06:29 AM
    Bush has already run this country down the drain.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jun 22, 2008 at 03:09 AM
    I'm 56 years old and grew up in the Mississippi River delta. It flooded then and will always flood. It's a fact of life along the river. It can't be totally controlled. Obama's answer to EVERYTHING is to throw more money at it. Somebody has to PAY for it! Guess who! I wonder if we can build a huge dome over NC with a retractable roof to protect us from hurricanes....hmmmm.
  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Jun 22, 2008 at 02:56 AM
    Give me a break. OBAMA doesn't know what a natural disaster of epic proportion is? Hey folks...Why no national media coverage of the mid west flood like Katrina? Wait til it hits New Orleans..
  • by summer Location: Jacksonville on Jun 21, 2008 at 05:24 PM
    Obama is going to run this country down the drain. Spending all of our tax dollars on food stamps and people who don't want to get off their front porch and better out country.Say go Democrats!
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