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Governor Owens Defends President Bush

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Governor Bill Owens is defending President Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath, saying Bush had no power to send federal troops in to Louisiana without a request from that state's Democratic governor, Kathleen Blanco.

Owens told listeners on his monthly radio program on Denver's KOA radio that the White House warned officials in New Orleans to evacuate -- but state officials waited more than 24 hours, until it was too late.

He also criticized New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

Owens says Louisiana has long been plagued with corruption, and that the state's emergency management system was no exception.

Owens says three Louisiana state officials are facing possible charges because of money missing from emergency management programs.


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