Ryan urges supporters to assist in storm relief
October 29th, 2012
03:55 PM ET
1 year ago

Ryan urges supporters to assist in storm relief

Fernandina Beach, Florida (CNN) – Paul Ryan said at his only political event of the day that he and Mitt Romney are staying in touch with regional leaders and offering assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

"Let's send our prayers and our thoughts to the people in the Northeast. Look, Floridians, you are no stranger to big storms. You know better than anyone on the need for communities to come together and for neighbors to help one another," Ryan said Monday afternoon.

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He continued, "Mitt Romney and I, we are staying in touch with regional leaders. We are offering assistance. We are collecting storm relief supplies in our field offices in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, up and down the Eastern Seaboard."

The Republican vice presidential nominee was on a flight to Florida when the presidential campaign announced it was canceling a number of events Monday and Tuesday out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of the storm.

He was scheduled to attend three campaign events but Ryan ended up having just one. At the sunny outdoor rally just north of Jacksonville a large sign that said "We need a real recovery" displayed at most events was removed from behind the stage before he arrived. The space was replaced with rows of people and a large flag that was hoisted in the air by a cherry picker forklift.

The vice presidential nominee recommended making a donation to the Red Cross and encouraged people to visit Romney victory centers where they are packing supplies for people in need.

"We know how to help each other in this country. If you have friends and family in the path of the storm, make sure you call them. Make sure they listen to the warnings, make sure they check on their elderly neighbors," Ryan said. "Let's do what we need to do to help them get through what is coming their due – what is coming in their way – and let's not forget the fact that this is the greatest country on the face of the Earth."

Romney's running mate will now travel to Wisconsin, his home state, where he is scheduled to campaign later this week.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Paul Ryan
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. scmom

    Sorry meant to say Ryan is fake and a liar.

    October 29, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. bill reichold

    As opposed to you brain dead idiots with your heads so far up Obama's ass you can't see the forest for the trees we happen to have a brain. Obama sure has been a blessing in disguise . May be he can blame Sandy for losing the white house.

    October 29, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. jen

    ask your buddy Donald trump to donate the 5 Million!!!!

    October 29, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. spud

    are they going to help everyone or only the 53% that take responsibility.? What a pair of clowns.

    October 29, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Richrd44

    Paul Ryan's statement calling on his supporters to help victims of Hurricane Sandy doesn't come as a surprise. This is what he and his fellow GOPers believe the roll of America should be. They don't want Government to have any roll in disaster relief. Romney wants to give the states block grants to take care of victims of natural disasters. This is a move that shows just how out of touch Romney is. The states are already strained with resources. We need the Federal Government to be a back stop; who has the resources to bring relief to victims of natural disasters.

    October 29, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Thomas

    I'm sure Romney and Ryan will roll up there sleves for few photo ops , and talk about FEMA being ok , but they would do it cheeper and more efficient by outsorcing emergency 911 calls to India .

    October 29, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Listening

    Can't you guys stop the partisan stuff for a day? Many of us are scared to death, literally here. You all on both sides are an embarrasment to the nation.

    October 29, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. hannah

    Ryan, Romney want to privatize FEMA, so with their plan if you are in a place where the hurricane hits and you don't have the money, you don't get help from FEMA. Way to go Ryan,Romney.

    October 29, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. v_mag

    Remember how great W was with Katrina and Rita? Remember "Heck of a job, Brownie"? That's how good you can expect Womney/Lyin will be in a crisis if elected.

    October 29, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. davefrommd

    dont count on obama for aid, 4 americans died asking for aid in banghazi.. but where was he? out playing golf after his campaigne. he is a real idiot. obama is the terrorist!

    October 29, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. 1twinsfan

    WWARD? What Would Ayn Rand Do?

    October 29, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. mariarocgue

    Why is Paul Ryan secretly meeting with "Crossroads GPS"? This is a super-pac whose donaters can remain unknown.This super-pac is also managed by Crossroads for America; managed by Carl Rove. I thought the candidates were not allowed contact with their super-pacs? Something is fishy here!!!

    October 29, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ryan needs to ask his buddy Donald Trump for that $5 million for charity.

    October 29, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. shuman

    Thank you Congressman Ryan for thinking of our Americans in danger first.

    That is so much more than we can expect from Obama unless his political advisors tell him the "optics" require acting human.

    October 29, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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