Cedar Rapids residents wish McCain would tour city

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Some residents in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are upset over John McCain's decision to skip a tour of flood damage in their city and hold an airport rally instead.

McCain's campaign chairman in Iowa says there had been "some discussion" about a tour of the city, but with Election Day barely six weeks away, campaign pressures have made a tour difficult to schedule.

Republican former Mayor Lee Clancey, who is coordinating flood recovery efforts, says there are "significant needs" in Cedar Rapids -- and that he's not sure McCain's people are making him aware of that.

And a Republican state lawmaker says he'd prefer to have every member of the state legislature and every member of the U.S. Senate visit, but that "for whatever reason they decided not to do that."

Flooding from the Cedar River in June has left the city with an estimated 1.3 billion dollars in damage. And many people claim federal help has been coming too slowly.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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