McCain Scathes Bush Administration on Katrina

Courtesy CNN

“Never again will a disaster of this nature be handled in the terrible and disgraceful way that it was handled,” the Senator says in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. Click above for a clip.

“There was unqualified people in charge, there was a total misreading of the dimensions of the disaster, there was a failure of communications.’’

Asked if failure stretched to President Bush, McCain says “Yes.”

Plus: McCain hits similar theme in evening speech in Baton Rouge. Read excerpts here.

And: McCain distances himself from Rev. Hagee’s comments linking Katrina to the city’s plans to host a gay pride parade. Uses the word “nonsense” nine times.

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