November 27th, 2007
11:30 AM ET
14 years ago

Florida governor asks candidates about hurricane relief

Crist submitted a YouTube question for the CNN/YouTube Republican presidential debate.

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (CNN) - Florida’s Republican governor is getting into the YouTube act.

The Republican Party of Florida today unveiled a question submitted by Governor Charlie Crist for tomorrow night’s CNN YouTube debate, which is being held in St. Petersburg.

The debate, which is a first for the Republican presidential candidates, features video questions submitted from YouTube users from across the country and around the world.

“I asked a simple question to the Republican presidential candidates - a question that has a significant national impact but also has strong ties to the State of Florida and our people,” Crist said in a statement. “Would they, as candidates for President of the United States, support a national catastrophe fund similar to Florida’s hurricane catastrophe fund?”

Florida has a state hurricane catastrophe fund and Crist is one of the major proponents of a national version of that fund.

CNN and YouTube received 4,926 submissions to the debate through Sunday night.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. marquis

    Here's some relief. Don't live where Hurricanes are. Why should I subsidize your insurance for you so that you can live near the coast.

    November 27, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. karen nj.

    Negative on the "Hurricane catastrophe Fund". Did you see those people in california helping each other out, taking care of their own things? NOT relying on the gub'ment.
    You take away peoples' survival instinct when you give them welfare payments, so that when a real catastophe hits, they can't help themselves. Sooner or later you have to do for yourself.

    November 27, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Surrealist, Fort Myers, Fl

    Karen in NJ:

    Oh Karen,,,I believe that the "gubment" of California did indeed declare those areas as "national disaster areas" which allowed FEMA to utilize federal/military resources to assist. This would include all assistance under FEMA–including temporary shelter, etc....also–most of those affected were some of the richest people in the nation. Not 100,000 impoverished and homeless people. Get a grip. Have you been anywhere but NJ?

    November 27, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. H. Arnold; Chicago, IL

    But that's a Republican for you....talks out of both sides of their mouth. The Gov. of Florida wants a Federal Handout...although they do not want big government. People forgot that Clinton balanced the budget and the Republican administration ruined it before Clinton and after Clinton........

    November 27, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. austin, tx

    Great idea, but who you expect to pay for it? We Americans don't want to pay for anything and that fund will be coming from cuts in other programs or taxes.

    November 27, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Sam , Clearwater Beach

    it's completely ignorant to compare the wild fires in Ca. to a hurricane. We had wild fires here in Florida too and we dug ourselves out just as they did in Ca. but a hurricane is completely different. I guess you wouldn't know too much about hurricane's living in New Jersey but they cause major damage to infrastructure, far more damage than people realize.

    November 27, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Karen, Orlando Fl

    Hey Karen,
    When a category 5 hits the Jersey shore we'll see how well you 'dig yourself out'

    November 27, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    My question is why should the government or private insurers pay to reconstruct property in areas where periodic destruction by catastrophic storms is a certainty? How dumb are we to continue rebuilding in areas not conducive to human habitation?

    November 27, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Christian, Tampa FL

    I'm a big fan of Charlie Crist, even though I'm not a Republican. He has a great leadership style and he is doing a good job. If he decided to run for president after a couple of terms here in Florida, I'd most likely support him.

    November 27, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. J Houston, TX

    How dumb are we to continue rebuilding in areas not conducive to human habitation?


    When mother nature wipes out a coastal city she's trying to tell you to move it 30 miles inland! The sealevels are going to rise (no not because of global warming, the glaciers haven't been here forever and they are bound to melt/reform no matter what we do). What will you do when your home is permanently underwater? We should take advantage of the free bulldozer and move these people OUT of harm's way.

    November 27, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Scott, Austin, TX

    Galveston, TX was virtually wiped off the map in 1900 by a Cat 5 hurricane and they rebuilt the entire city stronger and better WITHOUT any federal assistance. Why would any conservative be for such a thing?

    November 28, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |