Disaster relief: Obama, Romney differ on federal role
October 30th, 2012
05:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Disaster relief: Obama, Romney differ on federal role

Washington (CNN) - When Chris Christie praises President Barack Obama as "outstanding" and "incredibly supportive," you know something extraordinary has occurred.

In this case, it was once-in-a-lifetime Superstorm Sandy, which caused the outspoken Republican governor of New Jersey to declare a state of emergency and seek federal help for widespread devastation.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. Gurgyl

    Mitt Sid SHUT DOWN FEMA. Paul Ryan the other idiot said eliminate FEMA. Are these idiots vying for presidency???? These idiots do not even qualify to be cooks in white house kitchen. Period. I voted for Obama. Yes, on obama12.

    October 30, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    There are some things we as a nation do better at the federal level; disaster relief is one of them (another good example is defense). To think that putting FEMA into the hands of corporations whose legal obligation is to put profit and investor returns ahead of everything else is immoral and just plain dumb.

    Immoral and dumb ... I think I also just described Mittens ... 🙂

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 30, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Facts don't Lie

    I'm surprised that some right winger hasn't pull Christie over to the side yet and said "hey ENOUGH with the kudos to Obama, we're trying to win the White House here!" The governor might be blowing his chance to appear on FoxNews for awhile after this.

    October 30, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Phil

    Thank you for taking part in the dowfall and destruction of our Country, One vote at a time. Obama Sheep strike again.

    October 30, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Borderless

    When Chris Christie, a Republican, needs emergency funding from the most divisive, partisan Democratic president in history, playing nice is just something Christie has to man up and do. Don't get excited. Christie's just doing his job. Obama is still a horrible president.

    October 30, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    Mittens' campaign said yesterday that he was standing by the statement he made during a 2011 Republican debate that FEMA should be disbanded, and its powers either privatized or given to the states. Today, he is actively avoiding the question as to whether he still sticks by his statements ... because we all know Mittens turns whichever way the wind blows, and the wind's been howling lately ...

    Calling for FEMA's powers either privatized or given to the states completely ignores the FACT that FEMA, being a federal agency, can coordinate disaster relief for events that transcend state boundaries; it can also manage disasters on a scale that no state could absorb (for example, Hurricane Katrina did over $100 billion in damage to Louisiana alone in 2005).

    Mittens 'n' Munster are so over their heads ....

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 30, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. SilentObserver

    It is OK. President is just doing is job. Those who want to buy a "Tax cut" President, hopefully learn from this

    October 30, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    "Instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut - we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep?" Romney added. "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."
    This is called management, something Obama has no appreciation for. It makes best use of the resources available and in that way keeps unnecessary things from getting in the way of what really needs to be done. Think about the interest on national debt and what a burden this is and will always be regardless of the national situation. Interest gets paid first. What that means is that everything else, things that may really be critical important all of the sudden get pushed aside. This is reckless and irresponsible. We need our federal government to be managed for the good of our nation, not for the good of a political ideological agenda. We need Mitt Romney and his capability to manage our way out of this mess.

    October 30, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. sheepguts68

    Keep up the effort Mitt, any help is appreciated.

    October 30, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. becky

    Governor Christie learned first hand that state's need the Federal Government's help when natural disaster's occur. The insurance companies and states will never be enough. FEMA is not a liberal or conservative answer to relief it is everyone's answer for overseeing the response to natural disasters. There is no way we can afford to do away without it.

    The Department of Education is the means to level the playing field between states that have more money with states who do have money. All states are not fiscally equal. With the Dept. the rich would do better and the poorer areas would not have the funds to educate our children as we know they need to be schooled.

    Let's begin to really understand what the federal government does. Let's make it work for everyone and in so doing we will be able to cut the deficit and begin to produce a fair and equitable tax code. We need President Obama to do that. Mr. Romney wants to make cuts that we just cannot afford right now. The economy is and will come back. Don't be fooled – The United States of America is the most admired country in the World. Freedom is so important but it is never free.

    October 30, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. 333maxwell

    Governor Christie is a smart man with political ambitions of his own.
    In fact, I think he just cinched the nomination for 2016.

    Governor Romney wanted to let Detroit go bankrupt (his editorial, not mine).

    Mr Romney wanted to let home foreclosures hit bottom (his words, not mine).

    He says we can't afford FEMA and we should turn it over to the states. (his words, not mine)........

    The Governor is a very dangerous man. Certainly the wrong type of leader for these precarious times.

    October 30, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. Larry in Houston

    ok mitt – IF u get in – u can delegate everything – & I mean everything to the states – then u can take advantage of the white house "perks" – – filet evry nite – margaritas – play pool – swim – go bowling – shuffleboard & don't forget to bring your friends. JUst let everyone else do something, since u like delegating so much.
    May the Best Man Win – 2012

    October 30, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Darryl

    This country is in big trouble if Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan get in the W/H and they start getting rid of the Federal Programs like they have said they are absolutely going to do. This entire country will probally end up with the 1st Revolution of it's kind. If their's anymore suffering and austerity that what the last down fall was it will happen no doubt about it. I don't understand from what these guys and the Republican Congress have been saying and doing for the last 4 years right up to now, people are rooting for their win. It's insane. What is it going to take. This disaster we have now ? If the Federal Goverment wasn't there to help, people would be dieing all over the place with no help. If the Big Earth Quake hits California, like they have been saying............... what would happen ?

    October 30, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Chad

    the government is totally evil like one party think. it is there to help and when this happens thank you governemnt for being there. romney is nuts. truly nuts....

    October 30, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  15. Derrick

    Sandy was barely a Category 1 Hurricane and yet Christie still declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard BEFORE it hit. Now he only needs the sitting president as a supporting role.., as it should be. Something the Democratic Governor of Louisiana and Democratic Mayor of New Orleans both failed to understand before and during Katrina.

    October 30, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Four and the door,maybe you can chip in some money because if your tax cheat canadate will be romney land new cabinet post ,charity fund for natural disasters or call your momma!!!!!

    October 30, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. Facts don't Lie

    from reading posts on this site all day it appears that many right wingers seem more upset about the possibility that the president may come out looking good after this than they are concerned about the storm itself. This just goes back to the view if "Obama were to find a cure for cancer the Republicans would complain he is putting doctors out of work" He is doing what he is supposed to be doing right now as POTUS..not looking for compliments I'm sure despite Chris Christie giving him some. The right appears to just be waiting for him to somehow "screw this up". Looking for something to complain about....I know let's bring up Libya to heck with the people that are struggling through this storm. Bitter sorry people and indeed..and the worst part is many profess to be Christians!

    October 30, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. al in memphis

    @ Four and the Door

    Tell me what people are thinking about the national debt when we decided that we start two wars without a means to pay for them. Or better yet, was anyone thinking about the interest on debt when we decided that we that our annual military spending needs to be larger than the next 10 countries combine. We borrow money from countries to turn around and then provide them with military protection.
    If you call this a mess right now, I wonder what you were calling it before Obama took office
    Once again I invite you to set up a conference call so you can explain these plans and capabilities that you tout Romney has– once you are finished you would have provided more specifics than Romney/Ryan have.
    I'm so sorry, I now get your point about Romney management style– it to turn as much of the government as possible over to private enterprise. After all that why we had to bail out the banks
    BTW, I'm an independent and not a Obama supporter– its just funny how the people believe in politicans who view voters as mindless and of little value to the governing process. Sounds like the 47% comment does it.

    October 30, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. Style

    Mitt uses Fed dollars to make himself look good. Now he needs the key to look awesome.

    October 30, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. rs

    I think Romney's portrayal of his mythical 47% victims ought to remind everybody Romney doesn't care about anybody that can't make him even richer.

    October 30, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    @four and you have no management of reality. Time for you to go to bed. Your caretakers are looking for you.
    The non working wife said at some rich ladies luncheon that the President is not a grown up. Can this woman really look at that husband of hers and see a man worthy of her if she had any self respect? I doubt she knows the meaning of character either.

    October 30, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. wjmccartan

    Four and the Door

    Anybody who has seen anything you've written isn't surprised that no matter what your president does will never be good enough, democrats are the heathen of your 21st century world. It would be a waste of time to try and change your mind, so enjoy yourself and be sure your blinders don't slip off.

    October 30, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. Name

    How can you honestly look at a man that clearly doesn't know what he really believes in ( because he changes his stance every other day) and say "yes, that's the man I want as president". That's not management, that's a hot mess. More to the point, we need to stop cheering for parties like they were football teams. " go blue !" " go red!" Really look at the issues all of them! From all sides and read reports from all perspectives. If you only look at windows facing east how will you ever appreciate or understand another view?

    October 30, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. rs


    This is too easy. Mr. Romney IS not not a skilled leader or manager. He is awfully good at building (personal) wealth, but otherwise his career has been pretty lackluster- especially his 37% approval rate in Mass. This guy employed what is called "creative destruction" to wring whatever profit he could from corporations for his personal gain while at Bain. It didn't matter whose job he outsourced, or how many retirement accounts he tossed off on the backs of the American taxpayer. It was all profit for Mr. Mitt to put in off-shore bank accounts.

    He IS symbolic of the problem with America-certainly not the solution.

    October 30, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. dontbow

    Yea a big difference, Mitt wants to fix the 4 years of disaster caused by obama. A vote for obamya is a certain vote for higher taxes and higher healthcare premiums.

    October 30, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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