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Mitt Romney faces scrutiny on aid in storm's wake

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  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    re: worf 12:07 p.m. Oct. 31,

    "Low intellect equals a person surprised by common sense."

    You mean when your typical tea party following, Fox News watching, Glenn Beck parroting, social conservative is confronted by reality, right!?

  • Spikey Layton, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 1:08 p.m.

    Romney DID NOT EVER say he would "defund" FEMA---he said he would like states to direct where resources would go, INCLUDING FEMA. I cannot believe that people are falling for this flip flop boloney.

    His words should be read in the context of the question that was asked---and the moderator himself said "FEMA is running out of money." In response, Mitt Romney never said anything about defunding FEMA, only that the states are better to know how and where resources are needed to be placed. Check the transcript on CNN.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 1, 2012 8:53 p.m.

    Regulations, and waiting for approvals will not fix the problems.

    People helping people is the key.

  • Millsap fan Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 5:33 p.m.

    Sometimes it makes sense to make decisions on a case by case basis;

    For example, I believe in the death penalty. Hhowever, there are always going to be extenuating circumstances where I would not support it in that particular instance. Does that mean I flip flopped? No.

  • Colene in Texas SPRING, TX
    Nov. 1, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    I should think that would be obvious Kargirl. It's easy to give your money. The hard thing is giving your time. Anyone can write a check. Time is far more valuable. Besides, how do you know he didn't make a donation to the LDS Church's disaster relief fund AND to the Red Cross AND turn a cancelled campaign rally into a disaster relief fund? After all, this is the man who gave 30% of his income to charity, more than you or I donated, that's for sure. But he wouldn't have mentioned any monetary donations, he is more modest than that.

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    Nov. 1, 2012 4:05 p.m.

    One thing I'm curious about, and maybe one of you Romney cheerleaders knows the answer. He should know that the LDS Church has a specific organization dedicated just to disaster relief. He's likely aware they've sent assistance all over the world, and are assisting those affected by Sandy. And surely, as a former Stake President he knows there is a process to donate to that fund and direct one's donation. He also likely realizes that the Red Cross prefers monetary donations so they can target them to specific needs on the ground--and I'm sure also for the obvious speed in getting them there and used quickly, and also for the need for blood and platelets in these disasters. Granted, they aren't a very good photo op, but why didn't Governor Romney do this instead? It would have been boring. But in this case, boring is a good thing, and something, frankly, that, whether it helped him win or not, would be welcomed by all.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    @Liberal Ted
    "Obama lied as Americans died."

    Romney lied as Americans died. He lied about the embassy statement made before the attacks, claiming it was an apology. He wasted no time to factcheck before trying to exploit dead Americans for political gain.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 5:12 a.m.

    The Nashville flood of 2010 received little attention from Obama and his media.

    There was scores of deaths and $2 Billion in damage.

    Obama and his media were so focused on scuttling Americas gulf oil production and sending the oil rigs to Brazil that they failed to show attention and relief to Nashville flood victims.

  • Susie_Hodson Kansas City, MO
    Nov. 1, 2012 12:34 a.m.

    Mitt never had my vote and he certainly doesn't have it now. While President Obama was in New Jersey comforting the people after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Mitt was on the campaign trail. Make no mistake. The fact that he is a Latter-day Saint has NOTHING to do with my vote. It's his continual flip-flopping on the issues - just as he did in the State of Massachusetts - that caused my entire family to vote yet again for President Obama.

    May God help us all.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 9:38 p.m.

    This article is sort of misleading. The comment from the moderator stated that maybe states should take on more of a role relating to natural type disasters. He didn't ask if they should get rid of FEMA. He just asked Romney what he would do about that.

    Governor Romney stated on a general basis that if states could do it better then that should be given to the states. In actuality, the states are the ones that respond along with the local entities and utility company involvement. Cities and counties have trained people using a lesson plan provided by emergency management to assist and augment the local authorities.

    These are state citizens that help. The federal government may get involved but their process is oversight and provide assistance when needed, usually money and arranging for equipment, if needed.

    The Obama campaign has been using rhetoric and editorial and journalistic liberty at saying that Romney would cut billions of dollars. That is not what he said and the Obama people don't care if they stretch the truth.

    Truth is truth and only the facts change to make it more inviting to show President Clinton's definition of "is" false.

  • CabezaMan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 8:28 p.m.

    HEY! Not that this will matter to repeat what several have already said, but Romney has not flip-flopped on anything mentioned in the article, and in spite of Andrew Taylor's efforts and the AP. BTW, his writing skills are terrible. Nevertheless, Romney has the decency not to be critical of the President at this time, but instead chooses to participate in providing relief for victims. But it doesn't matter, because you, who have chosen to despise Romney will only see what you want. Did you happen to check out the riots in Europe going on this week? They have already gone down that path Obama is taking us. They have tapped out their credit limits, and the piper has come a calling to collect. If you Obama fans get your way, you can be sure that the upheaval and chaos headed our way will make Europe's uprisings and anarchy look like a May pole dance on a sunny spring day. Better grab something and grit your teeth, cause it's gonna hurt!

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 7:34 p.m.

    Mitt Romney saw a disaster and, as the good person he is, he wanted to help. I don't know why people say he is flip-flopping. How ludicrous. Helping during a disaster is one thing but consistently giving unnecessary freebies is another. The Obama administration helps the blood suckers who keep living off entitlements. This administration gave useless bailouts, as in the instance, spending millions of dollars to prove a male fruit fly is more attracted to young female fruit flies, is ridiculous! There are people out there who expect the government to help them by collecting all sorts of entitlements. They never had a job, all they do is collect government money and they get it in the form of welfare, free hospital care, food stamps and just being illegal aliens. This is what Romney means by a corrupt government. He by no means will ever back off from helping during disasters such as Sandy. That is not flip-flopping.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Oct. 31, 2012 6:46 p.m.

    CORRECTION. I left out the word NOT. His religion is a plus and not a hurt.

  • Grandma Char Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 6:02 p.m.

    First, may I say that Chris Christie must have been tired..because his expressions about Mitt were poorly spoken.

    What Mitt did yesterday to help the help effort was such a great example of what Americans can do to help Americans. We do not need big government! What do you think people did a century ago when hurricanes hit? People help people. Mitt will make a wonderful President. Possibly the best President we have ever had.

    I am considering giving up my subscription to the Deseret News. Having to read the propaganda that the AP puts out often is just getting too much for me.

    I believe Mitt's comments some are calling flip flops are meant for this current disaster. No where does he say for the rest of my life, I will see that FEMA has what it needs.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 5:57 p.m.

    Whatever political stance Romney has this week will change next week - if he thinks that's what his audience wants to hear.

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    Oct. 31, 2012 5:27 p.m.

    Promoting the general welfare was seen from the beginning as part of governmental responsibility. And over time there has been general agreement that some things are too overwhelming for states to do alone. Disasters are among those things. It seems that Romney's flop back may be a little me-too-ism, useful when running for President. Ryan has said little lately, I imagine given his position, there is little he can say. I'm sure that Pres. Obama and Gov. Christie know that it is not necessary to dispise someone who is politically different. Giving credit when due is what adults do. Let's hope some others follow that example.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    Oct. 31, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    So if I think that it is better for assistance to come from local sources such as family and friends, then does that mean I would forgo accessing assistance from where ever it is available?

    When a question about FEMA is used to reiterate a principle of returning responsibility to the several states, then I would like to think that the end goal would be to have states and local governments, the first line of assistance, be expanded and that the existing FEMA role would be diminished and phased out; not abruptly abandoned. Romney's current actions bespeaks that exact reality. There is a current and massive crises created in several states because of weather, and the existing role of FEMA is the best federal government response in support of the first responders already in the field. That should be augmented by whatever personal donations and organizations can add in affecting the necessary clean-up.

    Christie's response to those who decided to ignore wise advice, although harsh, is also correct. I would hope that when circumstances permit he will choose to extend his efforts to those short-sighted parts of his society.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Oct. 31, 2012 5:17 p.m.

    I felt really proud when I heard the president say on national TV that in the face of Sandy, no one would be left behind. I'm just disappointed that he couldn't/wouldn't make the same statement as our Embassy in Libya was being shelled.

  • mteig HEBER CITY, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    I do not see any flip flopping at all but I do see shamefully biased reporting and misinterpretation of Romney's statements.

    Romney said, "I believe that FEMA plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters."

    Currently, FEMA is the key agency set up to provide aid in these situations. Why would Romney say otherwise? FEMA does currently play a key role. There will always be a need to be prepared to respond to disasters. I'm quite confident Romney will act to strengthen our nations capability in that regard, not weaken it.

    He also said, "As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission, while directing maximum resources to the first responders who work tirelessly to help those in need, because states and localities are in the best position to get aid to the individuals and communities affected by natural disasters."

    He is simply re-emphasizing that state government is often in a better position to more efficiently utilize funds and administer relief within the state, quickly and effectively.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    This plus FEMA, plus auto ad misrepresentation equals an unbelievable candidate. Who is running this campaign?

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    flip flop happens. Obama was for traditional marriage in his 2008 campaign. After he was elected he flipped it upside down.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Oct. 31, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    TruBlueAggie25

    "Why do we attack politicians for doing something good?"
    ____________________

    In case you forgot, there's a Presidential election in six days. I haven't heard anyone attack Romney for his relief efforts yesterday. What they are remarking on is the contrast between his remarks about FEMA yesterday and what he said back in June. Aren't you tired of this old story by now?

  • Whattheheck? Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 3:32 p.m.

    @ATL. "I don't think it's just coincidence that his disaster relief events still use all his campaign music, show his campaign videos, have signs calling it a campaign event, and happen to be in states like Ohio."

    And you don't think BO would be in Ohio if he wasn't trying to rack up votes showing his face on TV every chance he gets to talk about the storm? The next thing I expect him to say is "I saved the nation from Sandy".

    Mitt Romney was set to campaign before the storm, and instead decided to gather supplies. That's why signs, etc. Actions speak louder than words.

    BTW, I would like a truthful answer from this president (small letter p): .WHEN did you know about Benghazi and WHY didn't you do something about it? I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for an answer while it's being buried by lame stream media. However the American people deserve an answer.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    A big storm comes in and creates $50 billion in damage and it is supposed to be magically paid for by Obama, the hero, who is here to save the day?

    I don't get it!

    There is a cost to fixing things and providing relief to people in need.

    I have seen over my lifetime how the government generally handles the situation. It is slow and expensive.

    There is no easy fix. We all need to get out our shovels and help clean up the mess. To sit back and expect the government to do it for free is crazy.

    also, how money of these clown government contractors are going to show up to milk it for all it is worth? Plenty!

    So to act like Romney is flip flopping when it is clear that we have a huge, unexpected, mess on our hands is silly.

    Also, if you "government hand out" types have a better plan then let's here it instead of looking for any angle you can to throw President Romney under the bus.

    Get a shovel and let's get to work.

    Thanks.

  • TruBlueAggie25 Logan, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 3:03 p.m.

    @atl134
    Hello!!! It was supposed to be a campaign event, which was planned before anyone even knew there would be a hurricane, so obviously there were campaign signs there. They used what they had, which was campaign materials to run the relief efforts. They already had the stuff.
    I am happy to know that instead of running a rally he decided to turn his campaign dollars and time to relief.
    Im also grateful that Obama would return to head relief efforts.
    Why do we attack politicians for doing something good? It doesn't make sense. Those are the things we should praise. Yet we attack their reasons for doing claiming that we know what goes through their heads better than they do.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    To "Ernest T. Bass" you are wrong. When Katrina hit there were companies like Walmart and Home Depot that responded much faster than the government was able to. They provided food, water, and materials to calm people and get them the help they needed. The amazing thing is that they did it on their own dime, and did not profit from it.

    See "Private Companies Rush in to Help Hurricane Katrina Victims" at Heartland.

    If you read "Accepting Disaster Relief from Other Nations: Lessons from Katrina and the Gulf Oil Spill" at Heritage you find that with government there is a problem with " U.S. officials declined the majority of the assistance offered, and were slow to accept the small amount they did. This inability to accept help rapidly from other nations during domestic disasters hurts American response and recovery."

    Why keep trusting a system that is slow to provide quick response?

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 2:28 p.m.

    Obama lied as Americans died. And folks here have nothing better to do, than say disparaging remarks about someone that is actually trying to help other people.

    Very little people on this thread. These are the people that shouldn't be allowed to vote. They obviously lack any ability to make a half decent judgement call. If this is all they have on Mitt, then obviously he is the best candidate to choose from.

    Get used to saying President Romney folks.

  • Viva la Migra American Fork, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 2:22 p.m.

    Looks like the AP has revved up their anti-Romney propaganda machine again. It's pretty pathetic to politicize a natural disaster and use it to criticize a candidate who is encouraging people to donate as he gathers relief supplies, while remaining silent on the emerging Libya scandal.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    "We cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids."

    Who will think of the children?

    One thing you can say about Romney is that he is very concerned about children. I mean just think of all the American jobs he has given them over in China.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    @GZE
    We don't even need an earthquake to show what we'd do. Utah sought disaster relief after that wind storm a few months ago and I'm pretty sure Mia Love has been looking for federal dollars for the fire and flooding in her town.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Oct. 31, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    "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. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better." - Mitt Romney
    ____________________

    That glib statement shows why Romney should not be President. No awareness of civic responsibility as a public trustee for FEMA or any other public safety function that must remain under public control. The GOP base is so blinded by anti-government fanaticism that not even the contracting of law enforcement to the private sector is off the table. What the GOP needs is a standard bearer with the basic common sense of a Dwight Eisenhower.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    @JayTee
    "Amazing how so many Americans have now been trained to believe that only government can solve the problems of society"

    We believe that the government is a valuable vehicle with which to help in these kinds of situations, not the ONLY way.

    @Whattheheck?
    "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."

    I don't think it's just coincidence that his disaster relief events still use all his campaign music, show his campaign videos, have signs calling it a campaign event, and happen to be in states like Ohio.

    @Richard B.

    "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

    Would you mind quoting the next couple sentences of what Obama said there? I'll give you a hint, it starts with "What I can do is" and proceeds with basically exactly what he ended up doing.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    The disingenuous left wing continues to confuse the proper functions of federal and state governments. It's not all or nothing. Disaster aid is legitimate and compatible with the Constitution to "..promote the general welfare...." That does not mean infringe on every aspect of citizens personal lives and confiscate our pay checks in taxes.

  • TruBlueAggie25 Logan, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    @FatherofFour
    Why not both?
    In the first he does not say that he would eliminate FEMA. He says that it is better in the state or private sectors... Having aid in the state sector doesn't mean that he would be eliminating FEMA. you can run aid from the state and have FEMA helping as well. The fact is that the liberal media and liberals twist what he says to be bad. I don't see him flopping on this issue. I see him first making a statement that aid is best if it comes from the state because the state is in a better position and then saying that he would make sure FEMA could complete its missions. That is easier and cheaper if FEMA has less responsibilities and the state level takes care of the majority of disasters.
    The problem is that people hear "should be in the state level" and they assume that FEMA will be eliminated. Then they hear "FEMA will have enough" and they assume he is changing his ideas.
    Democrats look to call anything Romney says a Flip Flop.

    It goes both ways, republicans do the same to democrats.

  • SoUtBoy25 Cedar City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 1:11 p.m.

    You knoew it was coming, the main stream media blitz trying to get Obama four more years. I love how Obama included "lean forward" in his comments to get help to the affected states. He is salivating over this disaster as a way to turn his campaign around.

    Sorry I don't think America is going to wipe away four years of $1 Trillion dollar deficits, GDP below 2%, and over 20 million people without a job or full-time employment, and no plan except to raise taxes?

    America needs someone that is that has discipline, ability to work with others, and work ethic to get the job done. Obama is only focused when he realizes that he is about to lose his job. No more broken promises. Romney Ryan 2012.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Oct. 31, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    Amazing how many good people put their "faith" in money, but have no faith in the basic principle of the good Samaritan. Helping each other is what civilized people do. I wish all of the military "hawks" were as willing to financially support rescuing their fellow Americans who are victims of natural disasters, as they are to spend vast sums to invade foreign lands.

  • spudlydoright McCammon, Idaho
    Oct. 31, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    One thing about Mitt; you always know where he stands on an issue. On just the opposite side of where he stood the last time he was asked.

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Oct. 31, 2012 12:33 p.m.

    Throwing money at something rarely solves the problem. But, a qualified leader using resources efficiently can solve just about any problem. You can spend less money on a problem if you have a leader who can lead effectively.

    Not all leaders are built the same, and speaking as one in DC who has to work with the administration, Pres. Obama has run one of the least efficient, most mistake prone administrations I've ever seen. Clinton's Admin was one of the best run - night and day difference. Career employees are just biding their time and frustrated that they haven't been able to do much of anything for the past 4 years. It's been mismanaged from the top down. What this admin is very good at is taking advantage of political opportunities to look good, like now.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 12:24 p.m.

    Mostly Socialist News Broadcasting Company (MSNBC) started this nonsensical story about Romney trying to gather "in-kind" donations, and obviously others of the lamestream media decided to latch on to it.

    I'm sure if relief agencies didn't want the donated items that THEY could relay that information to Romney.

    Nothing to see here except more campaigning AGAINST Mitt Romney by the lamestream media.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    Re: "Mitt Romney faces scrutiny on aid in storm's wake"

    Yeah, it's hard for the American left to understand why people would try to help one another in a time of tragedy -- as Mitt has done time and time again over an entire lifetime.

    The leftist solution is to leave it to government, at the highest possible levels, so they don't have to soil their hands with any actual one-on-one helping.

  • georgeman Kearns, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    What a joke!! This story is really a non-issue and was only written to stir the pot. This is is NO WAY a flip flop like all of you are babbling about. The words "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," is in no way Romney saying that he would get rid of FEMA or disaster relief.

    This whole story is nothing but a political "read between the lines" type mish mash. Go back to your jobs (if you have one) and quit reading into things that aren't there.

    No flip flop, just ignorance!!

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    Had Mitt come out and demanded that someone have their taxes raised on them and pay their "fair" share for victims then he would be applauded by the left. What the left has a hard time understanding, is the generosity of Americans. We will give our time and means to help those in need. We don't need government to tax and manage every aspect of our lives. The Feds need to focus on the military and killing the terroists that killed Americans in Libya. Focus on protecting our assests and intellecutal properties. Defend this country from foreign computer attacks. Export illegals and make legislation, so people can work here legally and take away the incentive to be here illegally.

    Instead this regime has nothing better to do with an election 6 days away and a devastating storm that ruined homes and lives, to nit pick at Mitt that is actually working with volunteers to help those affected by this storm. At some point the left will start blaming Bush for the storm. While ignoring the regime that wouldn't send help to fellow Americans begging for support in Libya.

    Obama lied and Americans died

    Nobama2012

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    "And Reagan certainly proved his point. Look at the mess we're in now as a result of his policies that started the downward slide of the middle class."

    I wasn't aware that the democrats got their banking policies and housing market policies from Reagan.

    Once again, the left is playing the blame game. Blame Bush, blame Reagan, blame whoever and whatever as long as that person is not a liberal democrat.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 31, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    Low intellect equals a person surprised by common sense.

  • GZE SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    So when Salt Lake County is flattend by that earthquake that's coming, we're going to handle it without help from anyone except private individuals and non-profit organizations?No clean water, no medical assistance, no search dogs, no fire or utility help from anyone outside the County? Really?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    Yup, Rifleboy. And Reagan certainly proved his point. Look at the mess we're in now as a result of his policies that started the downward slide of the middle class.

  • Ying Fah Provo, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah

    Did Reagan follow-up that statement with: "Too bad, you're on your own. Tough luck!"

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    Come on, DesNews. Really? Really?

    You can't say anything critical of Obama, but you certainly are willing to participate in a media-created controversy on Romney.

    And you turn a blind eye to a true controversy regarding the Obama Administration's Libya scandal.

    What class.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    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.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Oct. 31, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    "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.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    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.

  • Ticus Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    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.

  • Steve in Ohio Galloway, OH
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:44 a.m.

    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.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    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?

  • Conner Johnson
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:35 a.m.

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

  • MVH Farmington, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    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.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    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.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    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

  • FatherOfFour WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:25 a.m.

    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.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:23 a.m.

    "he appeared to suggest"

    Personal opinion. Journalistic voyeurism.

  • Whattheheck? Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    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.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:11 a.m.

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

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:09 a.m.

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

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    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.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:07 a.m.

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

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:04 a.m.

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

    Flip and ....Flop!

    Am I surprised?

    NO integrity whatsoever.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    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.

  • Turtles Run Missouri City, TX
    Oct. 31, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    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.