Vilsack says FEMA has asked Iowa for a list of the kind of permanent and temporary housing that's available for hurricane victims. Nobody wants to sleep on a cot for six months. Nobody wants to sleep in a place where there are 15,000 other people, ... To the extent that states can provide better detailed information about the housing opportunities, that may be persuasive to a lot of families.
We have the Department of Corrections, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Transportation, our emergency management division (and) our Iowa National Guard working with local folks to try to put hundreds of thousands of sandbags in appropriate locations to try to reduce the damage and the impact. ... It's just a race against time.
I'm excited about this team. I really am. I mean, these guys are great guys, ... They are going to be passionate. They are going to bring this message of hope and opportunity, a stronger America -- a better and more respected America -- to the rest of this country. They're going to make us feel proud.
The mood of the people is they want honesty, they want integrity, they want people of character and substance, ... There are many, many people in the country who are anxious to invest in Democrats and in the Democratic Party. But they are waiting to see if we have a message that resonates and connects with folks.