(LIMA, OHIO) - Barack Obama promised today that his campaign will mobilize their vast network of volunteers and donors to come to the aide of Gulf Coast residents once Hurricane Gustav passes through the region.
"I think we can activate an email list of a couple million people who want to give back," he said adding that this could include cash donations.
Obama said his campaign will coordinate with local officials after the effects of the storm are visible to determine what would be most helpful. He explained that they have not reached out to volunteers yet - "We don't want to solicit a bunch of canned goods that can't get there or bottles of water where they already had water."
Obama did not criticize John McCain for traveling to Mississippi today; instead he defended his own decision not to travel to the region.
"The thing that I'm always concerned about in the middle of a storm is whether we're drawing resources away from folks on the ground."
This morning, Obama attended a church service at St. Luke's Lutheran while Joe Biden attended a Catholic mass in Hilliard, Ohio.