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
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. wjmccartan

    To the people who have lost loved ones in this tragedy, my condolences on your loss. This storm isn't even finished so to all of you affected be safe. As for Mittens, maybe start by sending out those 5 strong sons of his to help those in need rather then standing behind daddy, that might shift opinion away from mittens caring about only his own, and to h*ll with the rest.

    The only thing I've had to deal with is power outage which is only an inconvenience for a day or two.

    As a Canadian, I can only hope that everybody else effected by this will be ok. God Bless and be safe.

    Lucid One

    October 30, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Name

    According to Mitt disaster relief should be outsourced to a private company because it could be a profitable business. If company have ten people to save and if the company save only five of them the profit is maximize 50%

    October 30, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. cbp

    Mitt Romney was not so successful in Massachusetts. He has changed his mind so many times that it is difficult to really know what he wants. He has managed to get those with the most money in this country to give huge amounts to his PACS. They are putting out ads left and right and many of them are not truthful. There is one that makes you believe that the United States of America is falling apart. Well, we are not. We are here and we are fighting our way back. Major corporate officers have continued to receive huge salaries while laying off employees. Those leaders who have been fired received golden parachutes. They all had the means to make things happen slowly but surely. They chose not to do so.

    How can we forget the members of Congress who can only say no? These members are quite capable of doing nothing while still getting paid their salaries and benefits. Their constituents did not have jobs but they did nothing to move the nation forward. They now expect us to vote for them. Even some candidates are now saying that any congress that fails to produce a budget, which is their job. should not be paid. Now that is a good idea!

    October 30, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. DENNA

    @ – Phil – Thank you for taking part in the dowfall and destruction of our Country, One vote at a time. Obama Sheep strike again.
    No. THANK YOU GOP enabler for trying to finish off America. See how that works? Just a matter of perspective, isn't it?

    October 30, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Federal government have the resources, always disasters reminds us how much we depend on Federal government

    October 30, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. NameBreeze5208

    For those who think for profit companies are such a bad thing in disaster relief.
    While the state or federal dollars may get the tree out of the road and off the power lines does the guy that gets it off your house do it for free? How about the roofer? Does he fix it for FREE?
    And just for fun you should know the government doesn't do it for free either. Taxes are not free money. The government may act like they have money tree. But in truth they have a money pit. And with the likes of you who think government is the answer for all things it shouldn't be much longer and you can bury the greatest nation ever in the pit you have dug.

    October 30, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. Thomas

    @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.


    So what your saying is that we the American people should trust the same management advisers that worked for GW Bush to make America great ?

    No Thanks , been there , done that !

    I'm sure you would feel much beter knowing FEMA was privatized , maybe one of Mitts sons could run it , theres a lot of money to be made on disasters and wars.

    October 30, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @sheepguts68: "Keep up the effort Mitt, any help is appreciated."

    The Red Cross requests money, because they don't have the manpower to deal with supplies. Mittens should either do what they – the experts – ask or get the heck out of the way!

    October 30, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @Phil: "Thank you for taking part in the dowfall and destruction of our Country, One vote at a time. "

    How are the following FACTS destroying our country?

    31 straight months of private sector job growth
    Dow at over 13,000 (my 401K has regained all it lost under Bush)
    Housing rebounding
    Osama bin Laden dead
    Top al Qaeda leadership dead
    GM on top
    We didn't go into a Great Depression
    Meaningful health care reform that is helping millions of Americans
    Domestic oil production up (in January 2012, we had the largest monthly output since August 1998)

    The list goes on and on. But you won't listen, you won't accept it because you'd rather believe all the Fox and GOP lies and once again vote against your own self-interest.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 30, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. Larry L

    @Four and The Door

    We need Mitt Romney and his capability to manage our way out of this mess.
    ================================================================================================He couldn't even manage Massachusetts when he was Governor. They won't vote for him now! The only parameter they improved in was healthcare – when they used Romneycare. When the President adopted the same idea he said it was now a bad program and should be repealed. The replacement plan he proposes has exactly the same provisions as Obamacare – but like all of Romney's ideas, no mention is made of a bill payer.

    October 30, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @Borderless: I don't think Christie ever plays nice. He is acknowledging President Obama's efforts in a sincere way. I guess it confuses you because you support Mittens, the most fake candidate to come down the pike in a very looooong time.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 30, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    Interesting FACT: Mittens, Mr. "I know how to work across the isle" has only contacted Republican governors regarding Hurricane Sandy and its destruction; President Obama has reached out to ALL affected governors, mayors and communities.

    I have voted for the man who represents and works for ALL OF US: President Obama

    October 30, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. W.G.

    Romney´s once again wrong when it comes to turning over responcibility to states . States that are in a disaster may at times be unable to get the job done due to gaps at the time of a disaster . Any moron could see that uh I guess except Romney . He is so not qualifide to be President .

    October 30, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Marty, FL

    Pres. Obama is providing steady, necessary leadership with the full support of Federal Emergency Management for Gov. Christie, Cuomo and others.

    Romney irresponsibly promised to get rid of FEMA and refused to answer 14 questions today about it.

    October 30, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. GOP = Greed Over People!

    Another display of Mormon compassion?

    Seems Robme is quick to make political points off of the caskets of dead Americans,

    First he jumps to conclusion on Benghazi, and now off of the current deaths of 48 and rising.

    The folks in the northeast need backhoes and generators NOT cans of LeSeur peas!

    Give cash or blood as requested by the Red Cross.

    But, then, some of that Mormon cash, er,compassion might actually make it's way blue states instead of swing states.

    I am sure a food bank in the devastated state of say, Iowa, will take you bus load of peas, carrots and corn.

    October 30, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  16. Yanni

    If Romney is elected we will get our can soup and a Ryan voucher during crisis what a relief. However it depends whether the people are willing to give at a given time regardless their economic condition and their regional and political loyalty, religion afflation (for example Mormons to Mormon, just like Romeny does) and other so many factors. As always there is no certainty as far as Romney is concerned. But we remain waiting the soup can to arrive after collection and traveled during disaster period. One thing disaster is good for is that it easy up traveling. London’s said Mitt the twit couldn’t have come with a better name

    October 30, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. ronb

    LOL. Willard is such a failure. ALL of his policies have been proven to be failures. It's like God is giving us a preview of what the world would REALLY look like with Willard and Lyin Ryan at the wheel. Foreign policy....failure. Auto industry....failure. Emergency management....failure. All of you GOPers with family/friends in the northeast better remember that with romney/ryan, no help would come AT ALL! Yes, the government might be slow, but they'll get there. Better be careful what you wish for!

    October 30, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. Egal

    The time we want to know our leadership. Who can handle satuation like this

    October 30, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Thank you Mitt Romney for helping us re-elect President Obama.

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    October 30, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    This is not the first time Christie threw Willard aside without looking back. He knows full well Willard will NEVER make it to the Oval Office and he wants to. Remember the republican convention? Willard is unfit for any position where governing people is involved, and he's looking more and more desperate everyday just trying to apply. I can't wait until next Tuesday, when I can send him a message LOUD AND CLEAR to take his lies and UnAmerican activities back where they belong and out of our lives.

    October 30, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Are we 4getting tht things were messed up b4 obama got in office,but hey yall blaming him whn thgs were already screwed up.#TeamObama wishing every1 on the northeast side a speedy recovery.

    October 30, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. Name

    I don't think chtistie is a real person

    October 30, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. LIP

    Remember Katrina....the Governor and mayor were pointing fingers at each other and FEMA was sitting on their behinds and Louis Farenkan said it was a conspiracy (has he weighed in on Sandy). George was caught in the middle of an event that was a forgone conclusion for the last two hundred years, just waiting to happen and unfortunately for George, it happened on his shift and it would be interesting to know what Obama was saying about that event and those people and FEMA. Somebody and preferablty not a Dimocrat weigh in...maybe an independant would be a good spokesperson.

    October 30, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Anthony

    Referring to the federal government and its role in disaster relief, Romney continued: "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."

    Yet Romney will cut taxes by 5 trillion, which, in the absence of spending cuts (no, closing tax loopholes for the rich will not be nearly enough), simply becomes part of the national debt. And Romney will increase military spending by 2 trillion. Romney's tax cuts and military spending, which add up to 7 trillion over 10 years, will put us into an even deeper hole. If we are borrowing 1.6 trillion a year now, we need to borrow 700 billion more a year, which means 2.3 trillion. EVERY YEAR. Romney's plans for more tax cuts and military spending are not just immoral. They are obscene. They are downright evil.

    October 30, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. Teacher2277

    Four and the door- do you know how Mitt Romney managed MA? Have you read his record? 34% approval rating at the end of his term?? Yeah, that is just fantastic. Also, while he was governer he slashed funding for the mentally ill, forcing thousands of adults with mental illnesses from the psychiatric hospitals and into the streets. He also slashed funding for adults with intellectual disabilities. Adults who are unable to adequately care for themselves and rely on group homes to sustain their very minimum employment afloat, keep the housed, clean, cared for & in a community of their peers; Romney ended that! Who in their right mind can vote for a man who professes his morman, christian beliefs & can do this to the most underpriveldged in our societ is beyond comprehension. Just because a group of people aren't of the highest economical value doesn't mean they have no value. My impression of Romney is that if your not an economic asset then you are indespensable and your value is determined by the taxes your not paying-as evident in his 47% remarks in May.

    October 30, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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