Sept. 13, 2005 9:07 a.m. EDT
Hillary Clinton's New Fundraising Focus: Katrina (Joyce's Note: If this wasn't so sad, it would
after Sen. Charles Schumer was widely criticized for invoking Hurricane Katrina to raise campaign cash, Hillary Clinton signaled
that she would make the Bush administration's response to the Katrina disaster the new focus of her fundraising efforts.
Speaking Monday at a big-bucks Manhattan fundraiser for her 2006 reelection race, Clinton laced into Bush for the Katrina calamity, blasting what she described as a "total breakdown in leadership" at the White
"How could we, as Americans,
have let this happen?" she fumed to donors, in quotes picked up by the New York Post.
The top Democrat also cited Katrina to undermine Bush's image as
a strong guardian of national security, saying the,
"We've had four years to fix [our emergency response]" - a clear reference to the just-passed 9/11 anniversary.
The former first lady said that the Bush administration's failed Katrina response would leave a "deep and lasting scar that we
have to look at honestly."
Clinton has been a leading critic of Bush's handling of the disaster since Katrina's first
raindrops fell. But yesterday's event was the first time
the former first lady has used the staggering tragedy to
raise campaign funds.
It's not known how much cash Clinton's
Katrina fundraiser netted her campaign