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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Turtles Run
Missouri City, TX

Geez...how many times can Romney flip-flop on a subject. Here is a perfect opportunity to prove he is a man of his word and tell voters it is immoral for the federal government to help these people.

Instead the ole' etch-a-sketch is once again used.

Sandy, UT

Amazing how so many Americans have now been trained to believe that only government can solve the problems of society. The Soviets and others have operated on this basis, and added proof to the fact that it doesn't work, never has worked, and never will work. Saying FEMA is the ultimate answer to a disaster is like saying Pepto Bismol is the ultimate answer to all gastrointestinal issues and ailments.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Wath it, here he goes....here he goes...

Flip and ....Flop!

Am I surprised?

NO integrity whatsoever.

Salt Lake City, Utah

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" - Ronald Reagan

Ogden, UT

It would be so nice if Romney, just once, could be consistent about anything. Sadly that's not going to happen. Flip. Flop. Flip. Flop. Typical Mitt.

Salt Lake City, Utah

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Every Man an Island huh JayTee, that's what living in a society is about?

Salt Lake City, UT

I believe Mitt Romney has taken the higher road the past few days and has toned down his political campaigning in deference to the victims of Sandy. But now here in this very article, the Associated Press is politicizing for him. That the AP is not deferring their comments is proof to the fact that the lame media is all about the bottom line "getting a story=$$". But then the media is above all that and an entity unto themselves. I personally can't wait for the negative rhetoric of this election to be over and done.

Murray, UT

"he appeared to suggest"

Personal opinion. Journalistic voyeurism.


Romney then:

"Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction," Romney said at a debate last June. "And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better."

Romney now:

"As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission"

So which one do we believe? Which one is right? You cannot support either argument without disagreeing with Romney on the other one.

Murray, UT

All politicians flip flop.

"With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through
executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on
the books that Congress has passed."
-Barack Obama March 27, 2011

ooops, there goes an Obama flip flop

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

If there was anything worse than help from government it would be "help" from a privatized business who's intent is making a profit off of disaster.
Some people claim the government is inept, well greed is far worse.

Farmington, UT

Romney is absoultey correct about FEMA: State and city governments must take the lead in administering aid to their populations after a disaster. Meanwhile the AP is silent on the Obama administration Benghazi coverup.

Conner Johnson

Can I get (another) Flip-Flop. Continue to tell the people what they want to hear, when it best suits you, sir!

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Why pay attention to anything Romney says when no matter what it is he says today you just don't know what he'll say tomorrow?

Steve in Ohio
Galloway, OH

Wow- such bitterness toward Mitt Romney!
Propaganda really does make it difficult sometimes to discern the truth...
Greed in the government is far worse than ineptitude or greed in the private sector.
Mitt Romney is an honest and competent man- give him a chance and you will see the good he will do as he does what he has promised. Of course, I expect the propaganda machine of the left- the mainstream media, will continue to twist and pervert the truth to suit their hidden (or not so hidden) agendas even after President Romney is elected.
I anxiously await the leadership we will soon see coming from the Executive Branch of the U.S.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Romney's debate comments are being intentionally twisted. Romney is not flip flopping. I listened to the original debate comments in context, and it is very clear that he simply took the question about FEMA as an opportunity to emphasize a GENERAL PRINCIPLE that we should push all the things that can REASONABLY BE DONE at the state level, to the state and local governments. He did NOT explicitly state that FEMA should disappear or that it doesn't have any place in the federal government. People are putting words in his mouth that he didn't say. Wouldn't everyone want whatever system our government has to help those in need during disasters to operate as effectively as possible? Romney aims to do just that, and he may very well be right, that if states and local governments were allowed more leeway, they'd be more effective. But Federal Government help to augment the state level organizations would of course still exist.

Sugar City, ID

I said long before the primaries that Mitt Romney would be hurt because of his religion, but his forced alignment with the tax hating Tea Party would do him considerable damage,

What if Chris Christie really wanted to embarrass Mitt Romney by loudly predicting a game changing first debate and having it backfire? What if SNL had it right to spoof that he is playing for 2016? What if he subtly works to get Obama re- elected? Do I have serious character flaws to be so cynical? Or could I be right in thinking that Chris Christie may really be in Mitt Romney’s camp as a wolf in sheep’s clothing? I got that idea during his speech at the RNC.

Burke, VA

"I expect the propaganda machine of the left- the mainstream media, will continue to twist and pervert the truth."

Steve - all the AP did was accurately quote Mr. Romney and illustrate the inconsistency of his positions. He says what it politically expedient for the day, that's all. That one was easy.

And by the way, if you want to see leadership in the executive branch, take a look at what's happening right now with regard to this disaster...and listen to the words of Republican Governor Chris Christie, one of the president's most hard core critics, now heaping praise on the care and concern of the president.

Kearns, UT

No flip flop. FEMA has it's place. But by participating in that campaign event that got a ton of private donations, he also showed that the private sector has it's place in disasters.

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