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August 28th, 2012
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Ty Pennington works to unite delegates at Republican and Democratic conventions to build home for veteran

Though all eyes are on hurricane Isaac as it nears the Gulf Coast, there's also a Republican National Convention going on and next week the Democratic National Convention will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina.

There's one man who is trying to bring both parties together in a very unique way. TV personality Ty Pennington explains to Soledad and John on "Starting Point."

As part of Craftsman House United, Pennington will lead the charge to build one half of a home during the Republican National Convention in Tampa today, and the other half of the home will be built during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Monday, September 3. The idea is for both sides of the political aisle to work together to build a home for a military veteran's family.

"We've had a lot of delegates that are coming out you know swinging hammers which is - which is a really cool thing," Pennington says. "I mean I think it's great that everybody wants to get involved. And so clearly, you know, I mean I don't think one side is weighing on the other. I think everyone can agree on is that someone who served our country like this could really us a deserving house. And so it's good to see that both sides of the house are coming together."

With hurricane Isaac nearing New Orleans, Pennington reflects on the rebuilding work he's done in the city after hurricane Katrina devastated the area. He says one thing he's learned is that New Orleans residents are resilient.

"To hear the stories and the businesses and the families, the people that just literally opened their arms and their hearts to help others, that's what really inspires us," Pennington says.

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