Romney to focus on Sandy relief efforts
October 29th, 2012
10:44 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney to focus on Sandy relief efforts

(CNN) – Mitt Romney will hold on Tuesday what his team bills as a storm relief event for those affected by the major storm now engulfing the Northeast coastline, his campaign announced Monday.

Held in Kettering, Ohio, the late-morning event will feature Romney, as well as racecar driver Richard Petty and country music singer Randy Owen.

Meanwhile, his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, will drop by campaign offices in La Crosse and Hudson, Wisconsin to thank volunteers for delivering or collecting items for storm relief efforts. Romney’s campaign said offices in Wisconsin will collect donations on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The relief events replace Tuesday’s public campaign events for Romney and Ryan, which were knocked off the schedule earlier Monday. The campaign also announced earlier that it was loading supplies into a campaign bus for delivery in Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania - all battleground states in the presidential race and all expected to be impacted by this storm.

Ann Romney, the wife of Mitt Romeny, is scheduled to visit offices in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Davenport, Iowa. She’ll then head to Des Moines for a rally.

For the Democratic ticket, President Barack Obama will stay in Washington, D.C. and continue to monitor conditions related to Superstorm Sandy, as well as the storm's aftermath. He also canceled campaign events for Monday and Tuesday.

Former President Bill Clinton, who was supposed to appear on the trail Monday with Obama, instead campaigned with Vice President Joe Biden in Ohio. On Tuesday he’ll deliver remarks at campaign events in Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota, according to the Obama campaign. Clinton will later speak at events in Colorado.

Biden, having stayed in Columbus, Ohio overnight, will travel to Sarasota, Florida Tuesday afternoon, his office announced.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • President Obama
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Talk about grandstanding .

    This is the same guy who wanted to let Detroit go bankrupt and get red of FEMA .

    Can Mitt please let the professionals do there job and go sing with Meatloaf on his own time.

    October 30, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  2. curious

    The whole campaign bus full of supplies would seem less self serving and political gimmickry and more charity and good will if it were to visit states other than the battle ground ones. Say perhaps a couple of states hammered by Sandy, maybe New York, Delaware, New Jersey.

    just saying

    October 30, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  3. Victor VandenBoom

    I support Mitt Romney because everything Mitt Romney has been in charge of has flourished. He led Bain for several years and the firm prospered. In Bain, he funded, founded or acquired several businesses, all of which prospered during his time at Bain. He turned around the Olympics and has an amazing testimonial from the then Governor of Utah about that. He did a fantastic job for Massachusetts while Governor. Their schools improved dramatically, unemployment decreased, he tried to tackle healthcare and he balanced the budget, lowered taxes and left a rainy day fund. Our President needs to be a leader. I believe Mitt Romney will be able to stop the gridlock that is Washington D.C. and help bring our nation together, fix our economy, and get the U.S. back on the right track. He isn't the "evil" guy people try to say he is. He is humble, generous, and has great integrity. That is why I support Mitt Romney. You should too! Romney/Ryan 2012 is going to kick ass!

    October 30, 2012 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  4. Jon

    So Romney is helping the victims while Obama continues to campaign. Obama is pure slime

    October 30, 2012 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  5. james

    I wonder how the liberal comments on here are going to try and spin this to make Romney look bad for trying to do a good thing? Before you hound him, what have you done yourself to help?

    October 30, 2012 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  6. John Q.Public

    WHY are these headlines "focusing" on Romney ?? He's not in charge of anything to do with the storm. To look like he cares?? Is that why he's sending "a campaign bus full of supplies" Only t
    o "battleground states of Virg, NC, NH, and Penn." while he stays high and dry in Ohio?? I can only pray that people in key states Get Out and Vote against this obvious con man.

    October 30, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  7. Phil Thomas

    Mittens never one to not exploit a situation, can't wait to see what his camp has in store for Obama. Atleast this time he shut his trap for most of the day, well theres the pesky lie he told about Chrysler. The one where the company said he was a liar. I can't vote for a guy who lies the way this dude does, a one term Govenor who is backed by Millionaires. He probably won't even run for a second term. Get his buddies and himself what they want. no Estate Tax, no Dividend Tax, No interest Tax on Savings and no Capital Gains and then leave just like he did in Mass with no second term. The state where he is not even in contention

    October 30, 2012 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  8. John Q. Public

    So, the Romney campaign has found an underhanded way for it's campaign to give gifts to potential voters in some of the key battleground states eh? Isn't this illegal??

    October 30, 2012 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  9. fernace

    Is this how Romney plans to effect disaster relief, from now on, after he sends FEMA packing? It's only befitting that he rolls his sleeves up & experience a disaster of this scale! Then he can get back to us about letting states fend for themselves! But that's pretty much his message isn't it! Deregulate, cut funding, privatize! The only thing he seems to think it's OK for the government to regulate is a womans uterus! I hope he realizes the magnitude of his stance on FEMA during this storm! Whatever he & Ryan accomplish will be a drop in the bucket for this type of disaster! Forward Obama 12!!

    October 30, 2012 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  10. mary mcd

    Romney/Ryan need to let the Red Cross do their job.Adding confusion to relief efforts and assuming you know whats needed....please...Even Emergency Services are asking you guys to stop with the "aid"

    October 30, 2012 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  11. Daystar

    Your asking us to donate, how about you money man ???

    October 30, 2012 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  12. Tom Joad

    Stay out of the way, Romney. This isn't the Utah Olympics- you shouldn't be allowed in the vicinity of real people doing real important work.

    October 30, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  13. Chris

    Romney called all the Republican governors of the states affected by the storm, but ignored the Democratic governors. So much for Romney's bipartisanship.

    October 30, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  14. incredulous

    If Romney wants to help people let him go back to being a Bishop. We don't need him helping us to another war and another great recession.

    October 30, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    This idiot does not know as to what he is saying.

    October 30, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  16. John

    How about you guys take ads off the air and use that money to help people, instead of "loading supplies" on your bus? It is a pathetic gesture really. Maybe Americans for Prosperity and Karl Rove at the crossroads could cut a check too. Anybody asking candidates about climate change yet?

    October 30, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  17. jen

    It's funny that it's held in Ohio, he's campaigning not helping

    October 30, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  18. ronvan

    Will be interesting to hear what Mittens says, as he has already stated that he would do away with FEMA and let each state handle an emergency or disaster.

    October 30, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  19. The Other Dale

    Ah, storm relief efforts in Wisconsin and Ohio. Courageous of Romney and Ryan to go knee-deep into the very heart of where there is storm damage and ... oh.

    So it's just Romney and Ryan taking advantage of the suffering of others once again, is it? Thought so.

    October 30, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
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