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McCain open to ‘tearing down’ Lower Ninth Ward.

As part of his “Forgotten America” tour, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is touring New Orleans today and speaking in the Lower Ninth Ward, the predominantly poor section of the city hit hardest by Katrina. According to CBS News, McCain said he was not sure he’d rebuild the neighborhood:

McCain says making FEMA an independent agency isn’t the problem. He said there needed to qualified people in the job. “The former head of FEMA was not qualified,” he said. “They haven’t always had a terrible record.”

He also told reporters he was not sure if he would rebuild the lower 9th ward as president.

“That is why we need to go back is to have a conversation about what to do -rebuild it, tear it down, you know, whatever it is,” he said.

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On Tuesday, Pastor John Hagee, whose endorsement McCain sought out, said Katrina occurred because New Orleans was planning a “sinful” gay rally.

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