It appears that John Kerry was not the only one to blast Bush today. AP News reports that “Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and former Sen. John Edwards spoke separately” today on the “government’s handling of the catastrophe and on the broader issue of poverty in the United States.” Good to see both of them out there separately, speaking the truth to power. Needless to say the spin machine is already at work spinning.
Here’s some quips from the AP News:
In a blistering critique, Kerry said former FEMA Director Michael Brown was to Hurricane Katrina “what Paul Bremer is to peace in Iraq; what George Tenet is to slam dunk intelligence … what George Bush is to ‘Mission Accomplished’ and ‘Wanted Dead or Alive.’ … The bottom line is simple: The ‘we’ll do whatever it takes’ administration doesn’t have what it takes to get the job done.”
In prepared remarks to be delivered at Brown University in Providence, R.I., the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee said the government’s response to the disaster revealed a “broader pattern of incompetence and negligence” in the Bush administration.
Kerry also criticized Bush for suspending the wage laws.
Edwards, “said the hurricane was a sober reminder that widespread poverty exists throughout the nation. He said it will persist if the poor are concentrated in specific neighborhoods far from jobs.”
“If the Great Depression brought forth Hoovervilles, these trailer towns may someday be known as Bushvilles,” Edwards told an audience at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington.
The former North Carolina senator criticized Bush for suspending the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act that sets wages for workers on federal contracts. Democrats contend the waiver will allow lower pay.
“When the only shot many people have is a good job rebuilding New Orleans, the president intervened to suspend prevailing wage laws so his contractor friends can cut wages for a hard day’s work,” Edwards said.
The text of John Kerry’s speech is available in a post below.