Obama says government will respond to storm victims

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Associated Press

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 29 at 5:01 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama says his administration will do everything it needs to ensure that victims of Hurricane Isaac and its remnants are supported.

Obama made the comment in opening remarks before a rally today near the University of Virginia.

He said he had spoken earlier with FEMA director Craig Fugate and Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano. Obama said he also had been in contact with governors and mayors in the area affected by Isaac, now downgraded to a tropical storm.

He also asked those present to be in prayer for those affected by the storm. He said politics shouldn't be an issue in storm response because in those situations "there are no Democrats or Republicans, there are just Americans."

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292-w-35-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with President Barack Obama)--President Obama is keeping close touch with the Gulf Coast as he wraps up a three-state campaign swing. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (29 Aug 2012)

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268-a-13-(President Barack Obama, at campaign rally)-"of this country"-President Obama says he's making sure Uncle Sam is responding effectively to Isaac. (29 Aug 2012)

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266-a-13-(President Barack Obama, at campaign rally)-"are with you (second reference)"-President Obama says Americans need to keep Gulf Coast residents in their prayers. (29 Aug 2012)

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267-a-12-(President Barack Obama, at campaign rally)-"hour of need (applause fades)"-President Obama says Americans need to come together across party lines to help the people of the Gulf. (29 Aug 2012)

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255-a-10-(Jay Carney, White House press secretary, briefing reporters)-"extensive power outages"-White House press secretary Jay Carney says President Obama got a wide-ranging briefing on Hurricane Isaac before flying to a campaign stop in Virginia. (29 Aug 2012)

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228-c-19-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"taught us all"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports the president's been on the phone with Gulf Coast leaders. (29 Aug 2012)

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227-c-18-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"including power restoration"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports President Obama has been keeping up to date on the damage Hurricane Isaac is inflicting on the Gulf Coast. (29 Aug 2012)

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028-w-34-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with President Obama)--President Obama is taking stock of Hurricane Isaac damage as he continues a three-state campus tour. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (29 Aug 2012)

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029-c-21-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"can be made"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports the president's aides are defending his decision to continue campaigning. (29 Aug 2012)

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