Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden skipped some Labor Day activities so he could be on hand monitoring the hurricane Gustav relief and rescue efforts.
Report from Fox News:
Joe Biden canceled a planned appearance at a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh, Pa., so the Democratic vice presidential hopeful could monitor storm developments.
Hurricane Gustav slammed the Louisiana coast on Monday.
â€œI think itâ€™s totally appropriate that elected officials march here in Pennsylvania, but it shouldnâ€™t be a day for national politics,â€ Biden told reporters.
Asked about the Bush administrationâ€™s preparations for Gustav, Biden said, â€œSo far Iâ€™ve been impressed.â€
Gustav had been downgraded to a Category 2 storm by mid-morning as it made landfall on the Louisiana coast. Hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 storm when it hit the Gulf Coast three years ago, heavily damaging 90,000 square miles of property and costing billions of dollars.
The Delaware senator did travel to Scranton â€” his childhood home â€” where he was to discuss the economy.
Joined on the rope line by Gov. Ed Rendell and Sen. Bob Casey, Biden said, â€œItâ€™s good to be home, adding that Scranton always lives in his heart.
â€œLadies and gentlemen the fact of the matter is, it is no malarkey. You canâ€™t have lived here without taking part of Scranton â€” it occupies your heart, It never leaves,â€ he said.
Video of Obama speaking about hurricane preparedness from the Associated Press:
It’s worth noting that both McCain and Palin are also doing the same.