Haley Barbour: Storm 'broke Romney's momentum'
November 4th, 2012
11:35 AM ET
7 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. Mike in Texas

    So I guess if Romney loses the right wing and Fox News will use the Hurricane as the reason for his loss.

    November 4, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Paul

    Haley wants the Republicans in every state to endorse the Mississippi way. "We want everyone to vote–and WE will count the votes".

    November 4, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Martha in CF

    Maybe all the people who plan to run for office be Independents. Then we can vote for the person and what they say they will do if elected. Enough of all these parties-Also as Independents they would vote in what they think is right for our country–majority wins.
    Also we need to do away with all this money entering into a campaign. Just think what could be done with that money. All the difference to helping people facing destruction-such as now the Sandy survivors and all the clean up. Helping the poor and the hungry in our country.

    November 4, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. NothingAtAll

    Nothing but excuses from the party of NO.

    November 4, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People!

    Like Politico reported, best to start the excuses now, because when Robme loses, those folks that gave 300 million dollars to the Rove super pacs to buy influence, are gong to want answers as to why they were sold a $300 million "mirage".

    November 4, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People!

    Hmmm, maybe it was't "Joseph Smith's will"?

    November 4, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. Steve Fielder

    Sorry, Mr. Barbour, but the GOP's upcoming electoral defeat cannot be blamed on a mass of unstable air crashing into the New Jersey coastline. It can most definitely be blamed on the huge volume of meaningless hot air that came out of Mitt Romney's mouth...........

    November 4, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. jackson

    Oh please!

    Blaming the storm??? That's pathetic.

    November 4, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Denver

    God must have meant it to be!

    November 4, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Delta Boy

    I think people minds was already made up before the storm Mr. Barbour.

    November 4, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Lester

    Looks like the excuses are already beginning.

    November 4, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Riley

    But, he went on say that he fully expects Romney to win the election, as do I. Obama has been a failure.

    November 4, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Romney was never a good pic ,Sandy or not.

    Get out and vote !

    November 4, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. dlhsr


    I had to close a business I had for over 30 years because of Bush. I would give President Obama 4 more years for the HAMP program that saved my house from foreclosure. I had 26 employee's that also lost a lot because of Bush's policies. I can not see us going back to those policies with Romney. For all you that say Obama did nothing just remember he has been blocked by the right for the last 2+ years. Several studies say if the tea party had not blocked his plans there would have been another 3 million jobs by now.

    November 4, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. wp

    No, EXPOSURE broke Romney's momentum. Indeed, that "momentum" had been no more than the inevitable temporary upswing resulting from Obama's first debate, an outcropping of Obama's own tragic flaw, his inability to lead a fight. One amazing outcome of this election is the labeling of Obama as a socialist, when he has governed like a moderate Republican.

    November 4, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Chutzpah

    Boo hoo... we just got a notice that violent weather and storm damage across the country is going to cause our home insurance to rise drastically.

    Just keep denying climate change, Republicans!

    November 4, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. TPF

    Obama's team was so happy that storm came when it did. It took the spot light off the lying the White House was doing on Libya and that they are losing the election for lying to the American citizens. This administration will pay for their dishonesty and some will go to jail others will go to hell for it. They should be held accountable because they are still trying to clean the blood of the Americans killed in that attack off their hands. It won't come off and they should resign. This makes Watergate look like a fine on an over due library book.

    November 4, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. 22

    Get out and vote democrats,each one take one.Get out and vote! Let's show them that truth matters not hatred and bigotry.

    November 4, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Togo

    Bull. Any "momentum" Romney had was gone well before Sandy hit, and polling proves that. Barbour is LYING. I can understand why Republicans will be trying to blame their losses on a hurricane though. God forbid they accept blame for anything... the buck always stops elsewhere. Pathetic.

    November 4, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. jane

    @Brian: The reason we Had the last 4 yrs like this is the decision ON INAUGURATION DAY, by the right wing to obstruct and fight and jack around EVERYTHING that the President (who only proposes – the Congress disposes) tried to do to fix the mess that the Bush Administration left the American people. All to regain power – and the hell with the American people. And no, we don't want 4 more years like that – which is why Romney (actually Rove et al. because Romney is just a sock puppet) can't win and we have to purge Congress of the idiots and idealogues who snuck in in 2010.

    November 4, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    The strom brought to light the real Romney: the one that would gut FEMA while giving handouts to those corporations he considers people. The real people could burn for all he cares.

    November 4, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. James

    The american people will be the winner on Tuesday when Obama wins. He will continue to dig the country out of a big hole left by the GOP and create more jobs in spite of no help from Congress. Obama's recognition that education will be key to prepare the workforce for the jobs of the future will pay dividends long after he is out of office. The GOP will have no chance in 2016 when Hilary takes up the mantle and continue the with the successful policies that Obama would have in place after his second term/

    November 4, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Expat American

    Romney’s lies caught up to him and that broke his momentum. Hurricane Sandy was the disaster that Romney planned to politicize as proven in his 47% speech.
    But it backfired, even after Romney sent his toothless, gutless, neutered attack dog Giuliani to Ohio (not New York).

    November 4, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. PapaBear

    Hayley and Palin, need to hooked up and go away. GOP's are a bunch of lying, ignorant, hypocrite.

    November 4, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Frank Maston

    So many of Barbour's fans believe God intervenes in this world to achieve HIS purposes, and they pray for such intervention. If the storm blunted Romney's campaign, what is it's message? Personally, I don't adhere to this belief. We've all had months of opportunity to hear the two different messages. When one candidate wins, it will be because the voters spoke for their informed opinion, not because one of them didn't have enough time to make his points.

    November 4, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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