Haley Barbour: Storm 'broke Romney's momentum'
November 4th, 2012
11:35 AM ET
1 year ago

Haley Barbour: Storm 'broke Romney's momentum'

(CNN) - Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Sunday argued Superstorm Sandy not only wreaked havoc on the Northeast this week, but blunted Mitt Romney's campaign as well.

"The hurricane is what broke Romney's momentum. I don't think there is any question about it," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Barbour, a Republican, said the barrage of news coverage surrounding the storm replaced the political debate in the final days leading up to the election. He added, however, he doesn’t blame the media for covering the storm.

"Any day that the news media is not talking about jobs or the economy, taxes or spending, deficit and debt, Obamacare and energy, is a good day for Barack Obama," he continued, adding the news "blackout" on those issues has helped the president.

"Whether it will be good enough remains to be seen," he said.

Both candidates took a pause from campaigning at the beginning of the week, as the storm ravaged the U.S. East Coast. President Barack Obama monitored the storm from Washington, then traveled to New Jersey to survey the damage with Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Romney, meanwhile, focused on relief events the day after the storm, raising money and donations for victims. He resumed campaigning on Wednesday, while Obama went back on the road Thursday.

As of Sunday morning, Superstorm Sandy is blamed for at least 111 deaths in the United States.


Filed under: 2012 • Haley Barbour • Mitt Romney
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    The second debate broke Romney's momentum. The third debate killed it. Sandy buried it.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 4, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's the people who perished in the storm that lost momentum and those who are still affected by the storm. The last I heard Romney and his family have water, food, shelter, 2 Cadillacs, money in the Caymen Island and Swiss bank accounts, etc.

    November 4, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Ed FL

    It isn't thansgiving yet but the GOP [Turkey ] Barbour is already running away from civilization and the hatchet.

    November 4, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. BettyT

    excuses, excuses....

    November 4, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    Romney never really had any momentum, it was just a ploy by the right-wing to keep saying he did (yup, another lie), so the ignorant GOP voters would still come out and vote. The reality that Romney is going to lose by a landslide hasn't permeated the right-wing sphere of delusion yet, so the GOP has to keep the lie alive that Romney has a chance, or their voters will just stay home.

    November 4, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Isaac Smith

    Further proof that Jesus is a Democrat.

    November 4, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well,
    The Cheap shots keep coming. That and a few bucks will buy you a cup of coffee. Romney is like a Bulldozer mowing down a hedge row. Obama is out of gas and running on empty. Keep those cheap shots coming. They are reflections of the Obmaa Presidency. Small talk.

    November 4, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Armand

    How does Mitt Romney get away with laundering billions of unreported income in the Caymans through a bank owned by his church?

    November 4, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Armand

    Wasn't it Barbour that gave amnesty to those skin heads serving time for murder?

    November 4, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Synthetically Thought...

    I don't suppose it could have anything to do with...Romney himself?

    November 4, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. nicholas topman

    that is a good news to Obama.

    November 4, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Peace

    GOP tried hard to move/make the Sept. tragedy (Benghazi killing) to be Oct. surprise while it was not. The storm is the real Oct. surprise.

    November 4, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Leroy

    Do you GOPee'rs now believe in Global Warming?

    - God

    November 4, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Synthetically Thought...

    I don't suppose it could have anything to with...Romney himself and the fact that Americans are coming to their senses? Sandy seemed to have broken the spell that Romney was casting – washed it away in fact.

    November 4, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. tony

    I want to know about the auto bail-out funds that to got into Anne Romney's hidden trust account

    November 4, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Robert in LA

    Romney momentum was artificial, as Obama did not challenge his lies at the first debate maintaining a dignified attitude. I believe that Obama thought that everybody knew about the lies on Medicare, the deficit, etc and that everybody knew that there were no real plans for the future, and that reminding people of the lies would be insulting their intelligence and/or memory.
    But Anthony is right! The second and third debates stopped the artificial momentum and Sandy crushed it.

    November 4, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Chuck

    Sounds like he is jealous he is doing so well. Romney has not lost his momentum, he must not be paying attention haha

    November 4, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. nicholas topman

    that is a good news for Obama.

    November 4, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. JohnRJohnson

    If the storm did break Romney's momentum it is because the disaster showed exactly how a genuine leader responds to a problem. He backs up his words with actions. The storm also demonstrated quite clearly the importance of FEMA, an agency which Mitt Romney thinks should be run by individual states or "the private sector". The stupidity of that statement has just been revealed to the entire world.

    November 4, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. lucky18

    Who cares what Haley Barbour says...

    November 4, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    @ Isaac Smith
    I agree with you
    Storm disturbed the convention, Storm stop the momentum

    November 4, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    Perhaps.

    On the other hand, Obama gained nothing from it...........as all he did was show up for photo ops, and then left the work, for others to do.

    In the end, neither FEMA, nor the Federal Government, have any money to speak of, to help, as Obama has squandered so many trillions, we are on the precipice of insolvency, as a nation.

    That means most of the recovery, has to be funded by insurance, charity, or debt.

    Not much reason to give Obama any points, in that analysis.

    November 4, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Pander Bear

    Already making excuses...

    November 4, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. KC Yankee

    Former Governor Romney is toast. He is just going through the motions before he shuffles off the stage. Let us all hope that this is the last we hear of him in the national limelight.

    November 4, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Brian

    You guys are sad. I can't believe you want another 4 years like last 4. Just ask yourself what has Obama done that earned him another 4 years in office. I voted for him, and I regretted that mistake. I hope you guys won't have to suffer the same, and I hope Romney wins and close that miserable chapter in American history.

    November 4, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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