Mitt Romney flip-flops in hurricane disaster's aid

Mitt Romney flip-flops in hurricane disaster's aid

Washington : DC : USA | Nov 01, 2012 at 1:51 PM PDT
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Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney

After all Mitt Romney's small government shows support of FEMA - the goverment agency that's in charge of coordinating disaster relief. But it took Superstorm Sandy's devastation that rabid the East Coast for Romney to flip-flop his earlier statement on how important a government disaster's aid maybe.

Romney's view about FEMA never came out in the three Presidential debates, but last year, during one of the Republican presidential debates, Romney indicates that he wanted to cut or even privatize the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Mitt Romney's anti-FEMA comments came to light when he was asked by CNN's John King during a GOP debate last June.

Here's a transcript of Romney's exchange with King:

"We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in. We cannot..." Romney said, responding to the question about FEMA's role in government, should he be elected president.

"Including disaster relief, though?" King asks.

"We cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all," says Romney.

At the time, his comments barely made a ripple until after Hurricane Sandy, Romney's comments haunts him on what he would do with the agency if he were to become president. Suddenly Romney does'nt want to talk about it, even dodged FEMA questions since Tuesday during his storm relief rally in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Romney even avoided questions about the federal disaster relief agency not once but 14 times.

With a week before Election Day, Mitt Romney faces scrutiny after Hurricane Sandy massive devastation, compelled through pressure by issuing a statement,

"I believe that FEMA plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters," Romney said in a statement supplied by his campaign Wednesday. "As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission, while directing maximum resources to the first responders who work tirelessly to help those in need, because states and localities are in the best position to get aid to the individuals and communities affected by natural disasters."

As this developed, his running mate Paul Ryan who is a staunch supporter of cutting first on other federal spending to pay for disasters hasn't issued a statement yet. Ryan vote against the new system, established in the 2011 debt ceiling-deficit cuts deal, that boosts disaster spending and budgets help for victims of hurricanes, tornadoes and floods before they occur.

Many conservative Republicans insisted that help for disaster victims be funded by cutting other programs in the federal budget. With the bureaucracy involved that plan could mean long delays in getting aid out the door for those in need.

Delays means failure to help and New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie doesn't want to go that path. Gov. Christie doesn't hesitate to praise President Obama,

"I have to say, the administration, the president, himself and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate have been outstanding with us so far," Christie said on Good Morning America. "We have a great partnership with them." He even hints that disaster's relief for the safety of his state is even larger than the election.

As English politician Thomas Babington Macaulay once said, "The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out."

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