Staffer to Gov. Culver says the Democratic governor asked the Arizonan to cancel due to concern the trip would tie up local law enforcement to provide security.
Aide: “As a courtesy — and as we did for Senator Obama — we privately made an effort to make sure that Senator McCain knew that state and local resources were still being deployed to support the flood fight and that now may not be the best time for a campaign trip.”
McCain’s Iowa chair says he proceeded with the visit because the campaign provided much of its own security.
Columbus Junction mayor: “Certainly, Mr. McCain’s visit today in no way hindered any relief efforts or any of our efforts on recovery or security or whatever we were working on.”