Haley Barbour: Storm 'broke Romney's momentum'
November 4th, 2012
11:35 AM ET
2 years 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. msgijoe

    Barbour is a good vote counter.....and he does not like to lose. Something has been screwy this week in MS. I have seen Romney ads on TV ad in Mississippi....but haven't seen any for Obama. and I have had 3 calls from Romney supporters, Is Romney wasting money in Mississippi or is there doubts about Mississippi being a RED state this year?

    November 4, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    Let the spinning for the inevitable loss start now.. And by momentum, he means to say that Mitt would have only lost by 277 electoral votes, rather than 303.

    November 4, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Tom

    Personal politics aside, for this man to bring up politics at a time when so many are suffering is deplorable. This is a man who sat in a position of power in Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina, and for him to mention anything other than the victims shows just how short sided politics have become.

    November 4, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Jessie P.

    Don't you think that Romney's so-called momemtum was lost after people starting checking videotape and independent fact checkers as well as his record in Massachusetts and because his own state of Michigan and Massachusetts as well as thousands of Mormons are not voting for him because of this policies and lies that maybe this might have something to do with his momentum collapsing?

    November 4, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. jim

    Why won't Haley just go away. His state is a laughing stock, and he is too after releasing cons! Guys like Haley and Bennett are has-beens. And who names a son Haley?

    November 4, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Namejanette

    Ok fact Rommey did not raise money for Sandy victims his staff bought items then told people to grab some stand in line to hand to Romney and then asked for campaign donations and sold T shirts!

    November 4, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. us_1776

    If you look at the trend lines since Oct 22 on 538 you see that Obama has steadily been gaining and today up again.

    Obama widened his lead now up at 306[▲] electoral votes Romney dropped to 231[▼]

    Even RealClearPol with No Tossup States has Obama up at 290 with Romney dropping to 248.

    2 days left and Obama trending up with a big lead already. You do the math.

    Notice Haley, the trend started LONG TIME before the storm.

    .

    November 4, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Rolle

    Just another old white man trying to come to grips with how 'repub mitt' could possibly loose an election after all the $$$$ spent on lies and distortions against the dems. My reaction – "Ha hah ha haahha hahha ahhha hahha hhaha". Easy come, easy go, and good ridance! But thanks for helping keeps Omama's economy afloat with all the wasted ad dollars!

    November 4, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Cigar Smoker

    Isn't is a little early for excuses? Last I heard the election is on Tuesday...

    November 4, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Yeahona

    So God isn't on their side then?

    November 4, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Poningo

    Right wing spin machine already teeing up their excuses for Tuesday's drubbing. "It's not our bad ideas, it was the storm"

    November 4, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. littlelizard25

    Since Romney thinks global warming is just a joke, I guess Sandy might be called "Divine Intervention". Just Gods way saying " Hey, I'm still here".

    November 4, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. outsider

    In light of Romney's nomination speech comments on the oceans rising... the irony of Sandy apparently stopping his momentum... is not lost.

    November 4, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. swingstater

    Not even the GOP wanted Romney. He was voted down in some state primaries by Newt and RIck Santorum. He wasn't even the choice of the delegates at the RNC. There were five states of Ron Paul delegates the GOP broke their own rules to have them stripped of credentials so that Paul's name wouldn't be in the nomination process there. It was thought that his popularity would show up Romney. Then Paul wasn't even allowed to speak in person unless he agreed to endorse Romney, which he didn't.

    The bottom line is: the GOP doesn't really want him and no one else does either.

    November 4, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. swingstater

    The storm also underlined global warming and the GOP's non-plan for that. In fact, they support the fossil fuel industry.

    November 4, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. oneslydragon

    Haley Barbour: Storm 'broke Romney's momentum' Yes, it gave Obama a change to show the nation that he is a leader and show that Romney is FOS, It gave Romney a change to go thru the motions in a effort to show he is a leader and thus showing he was not.

    November 4, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. DB

    First Rove then this toady, spin. spin. spin. I wonder if they ever get dizzy from so much spinning? America is rejecting your man and your ideas. Better get in tune with America or you will become obsolete and more irrelevant than you already are

    November 4, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. maf

    @Rick Are you expecting the President to turn on the Power in NJ? Are you expecting him to physically hand out blankets?? You are amazing!! The President stops campaigning and heads to Jersey, where even Gov Christie lauds his efforts. . . but you can't see that! Add something positive to the dialogue or simply watch the last couple of days!
    The precipice of insolvency as a nation has so much to do with the obstructionist tea party and the Bush wars that were not accounted for . . . I could go on but you will not listen – EVER!!

    Get out and vote Democrats!!! Unseat incumbent Republicans!

    November 4, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. CanadaONE

    Is it possible that Sandy is a warning from the real GOD of what will come if Romney gets elected ?

    i would hate to see the next storm

    November 4, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. oneslydragon

    Nothing like an endorsement from the next GOP golden Child, Chrisie.

    November 4, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Jim

    It was God's will

    November 4, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. NYVeteran

    Hayley and the GOP are only upset that the storm didnt hit a battleground state and suppress the minority vote like they tried with voter ID laws.

    November 4, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. Squigman

    They've always got a scapegoat, or excuse of some kind to explain they're shortcomings. They're not needed in the White House, nor the Congress. Come to think of it, they're not needed at all.

    November 4, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Mike in Texas

    Romney was losing his mojo two weeks ago. The first debate was no longer fresh and Romney didn't do anything to help himself in the last two debates. As of today, 538 politics has the odds of Obama winning the Presidency at 85%. In fact, Wisconsin is longer considered a swing state. The only two swing states Romney has better odds of winning than Obama are NC at 80% and Florida at 54%. Two weeks ago Romney had a 68% chance of winning Florida.

    November 4, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. anton Dubinski

    So it's god's fault. He must want Obama to win. lol

    November 4, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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