Romney to focus on Sandy relief efforts
October 29th, 2012
10:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney to focus on Sandy relief efforts

(CNN) – Mitt Romney will hold on Tuesday what his team bills as a storm relief event for those affected by the major storm now engulfing the Northeast coastline, his campaign announced Monday.

Held in Kettering, Ohio, the late-morning event will feature Romney, as well as racecar driver Richard Petty and country music singer Randy Owen.

Meanwhile, his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, will drop by campaign offices in La Crosse and Hudson, Wisconsin to thank volunteers for delivering or collecting items for storm relief efforts. Romney’s campaign said offices in Wisconsin will collect donations on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The relief events replace Tuesday’s public campaign events for Romney and Ryan, which were knocked off the schedule earlier Monday. The campaign also announced earlier that it was loading supplies into a campaign bus for delivery in Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania - all battleground states in the presidential race and all expected to be impacted by this storm.

Ann Romney, the wife of Mitt Romeny, is scheduled to visit offices in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Davenport, Iowa. She’ll then head to Des Moines for a rally.

For the Democratic ticket, President Barack Obama will stay in Washington, D.C. and continue to monitor conditions related to Superstorm Sandy, as well as the storm's aftermath. He also canceled campaign events for Monday and Tuesday.

Former President Bill Clinton, who was supposed to appear on the trail Monday with Obama, instead campaigned with Vice President Joe Biden in Ohio. On Tuesday he’ll deliver remarks at campaign events in Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota, according to the Obama campaign. Clinton will later speak at events in Colorado.

Biden, having stayed in Columbus, Ohio overnight, will travel to Sarasota, Florida Tuesday afternoon, his office announced.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • President Obama
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Rachel

    Opportunism much?

    October 29, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  2. cogitoergosum

    Romney is a joke. Obama speaks to FEMA so he has to speak to FEMA. This, after saying that the Feds should offer no emergency relief. He flip flops more than a fish on dry land. He's a chameleon who changes colors at the slightest suggestion. Is this who you want as your president? Heck no.

    October 29, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  3. Roy

    How about all the money that Romney got from donations for his election including those with millionares and billionares that donated to PAC shall be given away to those who suffer from this storm.....

    October 29, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  4. kmp

    So what about New York nothing for them, oh yeah not a battle ground state.

    October 29, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  5. jinx88

    Of course Mittens is going to do a relief rally in Ohio, then he will go to Colorado to do a relief rally, then to Iowa to do a relief rally, you people get the picture. Mittens is trying his best to use this as a political stump and he is trying to get people to forget about his comments about FEMA. Pathetic!!!

    October 29, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  6. Angel

    Mitt Romney thinks that the American people are stupid, because this is NOT a relief effort. This is a campaign rally, plain and simple! While most of the eastern seaboard has been plunged into darkness, flooding waters rising, and loss of life has occurred, Romney is campaigning! And, in Ohio, a must win state.

    Romney's so-called advisors sat around the table and hatched this plot to keep him relevant, keep him in the public eye, make him look presidential and caring, while allowing him to continue campaigning, spewing lies for political gain under the ruse of a "relief effort".

    But, instead it allows America to see what a charlatan he is.

    October 29, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  7. Just Harry

    Capitalizing on disaster to win votes!

    October 29, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  8. MimiW

    Oh my God....how disgusting!

    October 29, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  9. shelbyanne

    Romney just figured out a way to keep to his campaign schedule, call campaign rallies storm relief, and get a nice big tax break.

    October 29, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  10. pinochled

    Will Rep. Ryan be stopping by any more soup kitchens to pretend he's washing pots for the cameras?

    October 29, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  11. shelbyanne

    Like Bush wasting disaster relief resources to check on his oil rigs in the Gulf after Katrina, Romney is pulling local resources away from relief efforts to check on his campaign offices.

    October 29, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  12. pcalif

    Give me a break! He has no morals. Using a hurricane for political purposes.

    October 29, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  13. B

    A "storm relief event"...oh please! If Romney really wanted to help storm victims, he could just write a check and donate it to the American Red Cross which prefers monetary donations. This is a campaign rally disguised as a fake relief effort. Romney is taking advantage of a natural disaster for political gain in a time when the nation should come together and place politics aside.

    This guy is not fit to be Commander-In-Chief!

    October 29, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  14. BLJ

    Romney's campaign efforts quoted below not only sum up, but puts into ACTION Romney's infamous "47%" comments:
    "The campaign also announced earlier that it was loading supplies into a campaign bus for delivery in Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania — all battleground states in the presidential race and all expected to be impacted by this storm."

    What about all the other states and its residents? I guess they don't matter.

    October 29, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  15. Bill from GA

    " Romney to focus on Sandy relief efforts "

    I'll believe that when he donates half of last month's campaign take to the Red Cross. And get Trump to match it.

    October 29, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  16. B

    The Romneys are really something. These two are so desperate to get to the White House using any means necessary, they will capitalize on a national tragedy. Just write a check.

    October 29, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Funny how the Romney "relief" bus will only help those in swing states?

    Figures.

    October 29, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. Kel

    Is it true that this is the same campaign rally Romney was supposed to have in Ohio on Tuesday, but now he is just calling it a "storm relief" event? I am sorry, but what happened to canceling all events on Tuesday out of respect for those suffering from the storm and the aftermath from the storm? Talk about politicizing the storm...maybe if he had the rally anywhere BUT Ohio it would seem a little more genuine!

    October 30, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  19. Buckeye Joe

    What a hipocritical, pandering opportunist this Romney dude. First he would put us all out of work by letting the auto industry go under,..and now he comes bearing gifts. We don't need your token charity Mittens,..get out of the way, and let professionals from Fema do the job,..yes the very people you would get rid of and fire.

    October 30, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  20. No Rob-Me and Lyin' Ryan!

    The best thing Romney can do for "storm relief" is STFU. This a time the President is busy ensuring the Federal Government is doing all it can to help people in need after a devastating storm. Romney played politics during the Libya crisis – and extremely low-class act for a candidate. This is much bigger and he needs to keep his over-active, chronically dishonest pie-hole shut and let the President take care of business. This is not a time for cheap political stunts.

    October 30, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  21. Fact Checker

    Is Romney going to donate some of his millions for disaster relief, or do hypocritical campaign events disguised as "relief efforts"

    The man is a liar.

    October 30, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  22. Chelopez54

    Wait until asked- Let the President do what he does best! Really- WE DON'T WANT YOU!

    October 30, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  23. Dee

    Is this trying to buy votes?

    October 30, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  24. FirstPrinciple

    Let's focus on the commander in chief. Mitt's attention grabbing may be self serving but its not in the best interest of the country now.

    October 30, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  25. Uncle Lindy

    Apparently Biden and Clinton think campaigning is more important...

    October 30, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
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