In Sandy’s aftermath, Romney to strike a positive tone
October 31st, 2012
09:46 AM ET
10 years ago

In Sandy’s aftermath, Romney to strike a positive tone

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Superstorm Sandy will wash away some of the strong partisan rhetoric from the campaign trail, at least for one more day.

As President Barack Obama is surveying the damage left by the massive storm with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Mitt Romney will strike a "positive" tone during a swing through the battleground state of Florida Wednesday, a senior Romney adviser tells CNN.

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With Christie tending to storm clean-up back home, Romney will have some other strong surrogates by his side. Joining the GOP presidential nominee at stops in Tampa and Coral Gables will be Florida's former governor Jeb Bush and current U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

Asked if Romney had a problem with Christie, a top campaign surrogate, looking at storm damage with the president just six days before the election, a top Romney adviser offered one word: "None."

The GOP nominee set aside his usual stump speech at a campaign event in Ohio on Tuesday. Instead, Romney welcomed donations of storm-relief supplies from supporters. The donations will go to American Red Cross storm response efforts in New Jersey, a campaign aide said. A spokeswoman for the American Red Cross confirmed to CNN that it will receive the items.

“The American Red Cross appreciates the support from the Romney campaign and is working with the campaign to process this donation of supplies,” Ann Marie Borrego, a Red Cross spokeswoman, said in a statement. “We are grateful that both the Obama and Romney campaigns have also encouraged the public to send financial donations to the Red Cross. We encourage individuals who want to help to consider making a financial donation or making an appointment to give blood.”

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. n

    Can you say crises exploitation for political points. Question, it Romney wasn't running for president, would he be doing this, would he be thinking about the 47%? Now ask the same about the president and remember, he was a community organizer which means he would be knee deep in the trenches champion for the least amongst us. Now vote on that.

    October 31, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. MJL

    Next he'll say how important it is to maintain FEMA, and even suggest that his budget includes more appropriations.

    October 31, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. rs

    Oh, I doubt that. The prissy Mr. Romney will snark out some more, and probably introduce a few more lies to end his campaign on after the pathetic actions he took yesterday in regards to FEMA (more flip-floppin'), and his non-campaign campaign events.

    Here is what Mr. Fomney needs to know heading into these last days:

    We all saw you in that outragious fund-raising video dissing the 47%, and making those idiotic foreign affairs remarks
    We remember your great trip abroad where you either offended everyone, or stuck your hands in their pockets
    We remember the lies- oh so many of them (pulled that Jeep lie, or the Libya lie, or the Medicare lies, or any of the many other lies yet?)

    Nothing "sunny" that you say now will convice voters you have any morals, or any care about anybody but the rich.

    Good day, sir.

    October 31, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. An Observer

    Let's see what Romnesia does rather than focus on what he says! He has a history of lying about his intentions and other things.

    October 31, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. McShannon

    Governor Romney with canned food: this is ironic in that his appearance is canned rhetoric of his recently apparent generosity for those in need. He has already said that FEMA has to be privatized or given to the states. I’m sure Halliburton can handle the privatization of FEMA and Dick Cheney could monitor the transition. There’s profit to be made in revitalizing the Federal Government by privatization. Mitt has a plan? Do you know what that plan is?

    October 31, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. grimbal

    To Little To Late

    October 31, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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