A Candidate's Confusion



As We Could Be Famous pointed out, presidential candidate John McCain is a little confused about his Katrina votes. When a reporter asked McCain if he supported an 8/29 commission, similar to the 9/11 Commission, that would fully investigate the levee failures, he replied that he’s supported “every investigation and ways of finding out what caused the tragedy.”

When McCain visited the Lower Ninth Ward in late April, he vowed to continue funding the recovery effort and to “learn the lessons of Katrina…and vow that never again, never again will we experience such mishandling of a natural disaster and the suffering that ensued from it.”

So where does he stand on this “natural disaster” and an 8/29 commission?

Sandy Rosenthal, founder and executive director of Levees.org, doesn’t think he knows about it. As for his voting record on this issue, Rosenthal suggests McCain should learn more about the commission.

“He sounded confused to me,” Rosenthal says. “He could never have voted for the 8/29 Commission because it’s never been on the Senate floor.”

On a positive note, Rosenthal adds that Congressman Charlie Melancon’s office recently called her and has agreed to introduce to the House a bill for the 8/29 Commission.

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