Clinton attacks Katrina response, vows to funnel aid to the Gulf Coast Huckabee run evolving
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina and pledged yesterday to funnel more federal aid to the Gulf Coast if elected president. Speaking to the National Conference of Black Mayors, the New York Democrat said she was angered when she saw images of New Orleans residents on their rooftops, begging to be rescued from the flood waters that followed the August 2005 hurricane.
President Bush's response was a display of "incompetence," Clinton said. "It is a great injustice that you would deny the resources to your own people, but that shouldn't surprise us, because many people are invisible to this president," she said in a speech punctuated with applause.
CONCORD, N.H. -- Republican Mike Huckabee doesn't believe in evolution -- unless it involves his presidential campaign hopes. The former Arkansas governor and Baptist pastor repeated his position endorsing intelligent design yesterday, but joked that he would allow for his own evolution if it gives him a better shot at winning his party's nomination. "For once I believe in evolution. I think I'll get stronger and stronger and stronger and stronger, and the other guys will get weaker and weaker and weaker," Huckabee said with a laugh during an interview. "It's the process of natural selection. I'll be naturally selected to be the nominee for president." Huckabee was one of three GOP candidates who raised their hands during Thursday's debate when asked if they don't believe in evolution -- the development of organisms and species from a primitive state. Since then, he's sought to explain his views on evolution. (AP)
That is changing, said Biden, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. "I think they are beginning to realize that their extreme caution was seen as a lack of leadership," he said. "Incredible pressure has been placed on them." Biden spoke at a town hall-style meeting in the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny . (AP)
The former Tennessee senator and "Law & Order" star spoke for about 35 minutes Friday night to the Lincoln Club of Orange County, sketching a broad agenda that hewed to Reaganesque themes -- a strong military, a limited federal government, and robust free markets. Thompson also warned that people in the United States must be prepared to sacrifice. "Every generation has made sure that it did its part to make sure that it did endure, with the sacrifices they made. And now it's our turn," Thompson said. (AP)