Political analyst Dick Morris tells Newsmax that neither Hurricane Gustav nor the pregnancy of Sarah Palin’s daughter will have a negative effect on Republican efforts as the November election draws closer.
Speaking from St. Paul, Minn., site of the GOP convention, Morris tells Newsmax TV's Ashley Martella the hurricane that lashed the Gulf Coast won’t hurt the Republican convention in terms of media exposure, adding that it has actually been a help.
“It’s been a chance for a do-over of Katrina,” says Morris. “The response was totally different at all levels of government. It’s not lost on people that the Bush administration and FEMA seem to have learned their lesson.”
The state response under Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal was also much better, Morris points out.
In any case, media coverage of the convention will be “fine” on Wednesday and Thursday, when the major speeches will be delivered, he adds.
As for the announcement that vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, “that probably won’t hurt either,” Morris says.
“It becomes something of a positive because [Palin] told McCain about it and McCain, knowing that, invited her to be vice president. I think that speaks volumes about McCain in a very positive way” and will “probably resonate as a positive with female voters around the country.”
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