Jeb Bush at Romney event:  State and local response really matter
October 31st, 2012
12:13 PM ET
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Jeb Bush at Romney event: State and local response really matter

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - At a campaign stop kicking off a swing through Florida for Mitt Romney, the state's former governor Jeb Bush appeared to take a dig at all of the attention paid to the Obama administration's response to Superstorm Sandy.

"My experience in all this emergency response business is that it is the local level and the state level that really matters," Bush said to a crowd of supporters gathered in a Tampa airport hanger.

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"That if they do their job right the federal government part works out pretty good," Bush continued.

Continuing the positive tone he set for his campaign at a storm relief event in Ohio Tuesday, Romney steered clear of his usual stump speech attacks on President Obama.

The GOP nominee called on his supporters to donate to the Red Cross, "if they have a dollar extra."

Romney campaign aides confirmed the Republican candidate made his own personal contribution to the charity on Monday. However, the campaign did not specify the amount of the donation.

In his remarks in Tampa, Romney attempted to tie the nation's response to Sandy to Election Day, saying voters should also "come together" to remove President Obama from office.

“Now people coming together is what’s also going to happen, I believe on November 7th," Romney said.

Joining Romney and Bush on the campaign trail was the state's popular U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. Sticking to what appears to be a concerted effort by the campaign to avoid negative rhetoric, Rubio told the crowd that the current state of the economy does not have to be "the new normal."

Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. rs

    What is wrong with the GOP? Clearly we need FEMA and federal resources at a time like this. The state's Governors are always in charge of rescue and reconstruction, but obviously none of these states have the funds to fix what is damaged. Not the damages to the businesses, the roads, the rails, the infrastructure.
    If the GOP is going to hand wring about the expenses of FEMA and federal funds for reconstruction, then perhaps they should re-examine the tax breaks they wish to give to the richest people in America. We can't afford those either. Screw Grover Norquist and their pledge. This is for millions of Americans, not just the rich.

    October 31, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |

    Where's the other Bush. You know, the one who left a major U.S. city left for dead and thousands of it's citizens along with it.

    October 31, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Observer

    It looks like the brother who would be king is setting his sights on running in 2016, as for what the federal level brings to the table in a national tragedy, its obvious the Jeb is discounting the president and the roll of the federal government. Watch out mittens he's thinking that any and all of supplemental lime light will do him good for his 2016 run, your of no concern to Jeb, he just wants to put himself center stage for the publicity.

    Go Obama

    October 31, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Canuck

    Note to Republicans: it is OK to agree with the President if he's right about something. Really, it is...

    October 31, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Joi Gibson

    Duh!! However, when natural disasters of this magnitude happen, the federal government, FEMA, is counted on a in big way to offer assistance and resources. Please stop acting like the federal government does not play a tremendous role in helping states navigate their way through the situation. You certainly were not saying that when your brother was down here in Florida offering all sorts of FEDERAL help after we suffered several hurricanes in a row. BTW, Rubio is only popular with Republicans – some of us, not so much!


    October 31, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. rrd


    What is wrong with the GOP? Clearly we need FEMA and federal resources at a time like this.


    Here's FEMA at work......

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency urged Sandy victims to turn to the Internet - that's despite high expectations of power outages and cable TV failures.

    Politico found that even FEMA's news desk did not have any non-Internet information readily available, beyond suggesting that folks call 911 in an emergency.

    Politico asked, what about those who've lost power? A FEMA worker said - quote - "Those people who have a laptop with a little battery life on it can try that way. Otherwise you're right."

    October 31, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Roger

    Good Lord, I thought Jeb Bush had more sense! I think you've been drinking too much of the Romney/Ryan kool aid. It has thwarted your judgment. FEMA is necessary – you know it, I know it, and I suspect even in his moments of clarity (which seem lately to be few and far between), Romney knows it!

    October 31, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Jeb Bush at Romney event: State and local response really matter"

    But Jeb Bush's opinion does NOT.


    October 31, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. John

    Wow!!! They won't address it.....14 times reporters asked Romney if he would abolish FEMA and let the states "go on their own, like he stated in the Republican primary......14 times he refused to answer...........the key to his campaign in the last few days..........JUST DON'T LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT I REALLY THINK.....................

    October 31, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Coming from the bush whose brother did a fy by of New Orleans after Katrina? The same bush #43 who knew bin laden was going to attack us then didn't bother going after him?
    I'd the Feds don't mobilize FEMA nothing gets done state level you moron!
    As far as the twit. Positive tone? What positive tone? The red cross doesn't need canned goods they need money and I hopefhat all the bully bishop got from that ridiculous photo op in swing state Ohio instead of any oc the states that were touched by Sandy is back pain today!

    October 31, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Mittens: "Hey, Jebbypoo, can you cover for me while I pretend I never said the stupid crap that everyone is now asking me about? I need to focus on pretending I never said it and ignoring the questions like they were never asked."

    Jebbypoo: "Sure thing Mittsy. I'll just put it on your tab."

    October 31, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |

    This is just an attempt to do two things, minimize FEMA and their role (under good leadership), and go along with W's way of thinking as illustrated in the book, that it is the state that determines the success of disaster aid (hence his reason for demonizing Gov Blanco re Katrina). His brother's book tries to rewrite history regarding Katrina and the war in Iraq and this man is trying to do it now rather than later.

    Nothing is ever their responsibility, always something else.

    October 31, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    If you think that way ,why don't you send back all the federal taxpayers dallars the gop incompetent govenors have been sucking off the federal goverment you gop losers,hey,romney already lost the election and his braindead donors keep flushing their money down the toilet , the 47%.

    October 31, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. sonny chapman

    Did Jeb mention anything about his brother & Karl Rove weighing the political options DURING Katrina ? People, HUMAN BEINGS (Mostly Dems. though), were literally on rooftops while W. & Rove were trying to make Repub. Haley Barbour look good & Dem. Kathleen Blanco look bad. Such Christians !

    October 31, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. 1twinsfan

    Complete BS. Bush was the governor of Florida! Did he turn down FEMA's help after a hurricane?

    October 31, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. MTATL67

    Considering his father’s disastrous response or lack of response. What Jeb, Romney, Cantor and Ryan choose to ignore is that these states have already laid off first responders and now they are saying to states here you handle this disaster. If these people are in charge do not expect or even bother asking for help after a disaster.

    October 31, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    Hey jebbo, I recall VIVIDLY how your brother had FEMA & National Guard troops prestaged on the ground prior to Hurricaine Charley and how necessary both were in recovery efforts. I also recall VIVIDLY how badly your brother dropped the ball a year later when Katrina devastated New Orleans, refusing to declare a state of emergency even after the Governor begged for help. State and local government can only do so much when they're under water. To put it another way, your words mean nothing.

    October 31, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Pander Bear

    Obama and FEMA and by extension the Federal Government are looking very good regarding the response to Sandy. So naturally the GOP and Romney have to downplay it. After saying that funding programs like FEMA would be immoral, Flip Romney is now saying he'll fully fund it. *rolls eyes* Credit to Christie for ignoring politics and duly praising the President.

    October 31, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. John

    So under Romney's plan, you take this pot of $ that the federal government previously "set aside" for national disasters and distribute it all to the states....Under this scenario, the states would inherit total responsibility, so some will spend the $ on healthcare, education etc. due to current needs.......then when a disaster comes, and the state still does not have the resources to deal with it, they call President Romney and he says "Look it is not my job to worry about the struggling people of your got some extra $ for us , now deal with it"....(Romney 2015, if President)

    October 31, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. v_mag

    The national tragedy of Sandy should make us all stop and reflect on Katrina, and the destruction of New Orleans and environs that was mishandled so badly by the Bush regime. Were W-omney president right now, we could easily have seen a repeat of Katrina this week. W-omney has no use for 47% of the population, and in reality, he is only interested in the richest 1%.

    Romney = Bush = disaster

    October 31, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Wake up People!

    Just a quick question for ole Jeb... Where the heck is W?? Is he being held against his will until after the election, hoping people are stupid enough to forget the way he decimated our country and economy??

    W, come out, come out, wherever you are........

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 31, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Bill

    Just seeing a Bush makes me want to throw up.

    October 31, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Darrell

    Jeb, you really don't want to comment. Brownie made a fool out of himself yesterday. Your brother, GWB, made a fool out of himself and Brownie a few years ago. Romney said that we don't need FEMA. The Am. citizens in NY and NJ, as well as your own state of FL, benefited greatly from FEMA's help. Again, don't be a fool and stay out of it.

    October 31, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Mitt RobMe

    The obvious subtext of Bushes message is that FEMA doesn't matter, it's ok that Romney wants to get rid of FEMA, and it's ok that his brother didn't respond to the crisis in New Orleans. Next the GOP will by trying to sell us a boardwalk in New Jersey.

    October 31, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Kathy

    Tell that to the Gulf Coast!!!

    October 31, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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