Superstorm Sandy slows Mitt Romney's momentum


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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    What was that old GOP tag-line about misfortune ---

    Oh ya --

    it must be "God's will" that Mitt Romney looses the election due to hurricane Sandy.

  • debmern Los Angeles, CA
    Nov. 1, 2012 9:14 p.m.

    Emajor......WRONG....Obama DID NOT have his supporters come to his rallies with goods or ASK HIS SUPPORTERS TO SEND THEIR CAMPAIGN DONATIONS TO THE SANDY VICTIMS INSTEAD. Google it. Only the Humanitarian Mitt would think of that. When has O thought of ANYONE but himself. Mitt, ALWAYS uses the words "we", "us," but not the Great O....such an egotistical President live I've never seen in my 54 years.
    I am sorry Sandy happened for many reasons. I only wish Americans could have voted right after the first debate; I know we have the attention span of knats and I'm just hoping Americans remember Mitt from all the debates, and the angry hate filled Obama as he attacked Mitt in the last debate. Desperation looks uglier on him. I also believe the author of this article must be a big lib, but the REALLY great thing is, when I googled "Mitt's momentum slowed after Sandy" THIS WAS THE ONLY ARTICLE I COULD FIND ON THE SUBJECT. That IS comforting!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 31, 2012 12:08 p.m.

    An Obama victory will make Sandy a mild occurence.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    What really counts is character in a person, not make believe Hollywood type acting, putting people down, using a teleprompter to tell what people have told you to say, and not from the heart, soul and mind of a good person. Good people don't need to be told what to say. They live their lives as God wants them using the 10 commandments as a guide, not matter what religion you have in your life.

    Governor Christie, as many governors have done and will do in the future, gets his aid for his state, or at least some from the Federal government. He knows that he needs to be a diplomat with the President in this case. The President wants votes from New Jersey so he isn't going to alienate anyone, maybe, that doesn't say anything bad about him.

    Public sector is good for some things. Private institutions, charitable and producers are what makes our country good. No other country donates like this country of kind and charitable people.

    There probably hasn't been a better prepared leader for our country since Abraham Lincoln. He and his wife sacrificed so much for us. Mitt and Ann do.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    "At the relief center, he looked rather unfamiliar with his role as helper in the first person. Unfortunately this is as close as he can ever come to understanding what regular Americans feel."


    I would imagine that having served as a bishop and a stake president (calls that usually last about 10 years) he is quite familiar with the close and personal communication. Bishops and stake presidents certainly know how what regular Americans feel, and I highly doubt he has forgotten all that.

    "What would that scene look like if FEMA were not there?"

    It would probably look very much the same. Is FEMA the only organization that can help people out?

  • Grandma Char Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    @bullet65 FEMA helps people rebuild. Charitable institutions are the first ones on the scene. Romney showed yesterday that Americans helping Americans does work! He showed that we do not need big government to save us. This is true. Also, if you haven't been watching, this is who Mitt Romney is. He is the person who digs in and helps and does what he can for those in need. He is what America needs!

  • bullet56 Olympia, WA
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    It was a nice photo op that Mr. Romney used to look compassionate for the press. I wish they could show him writing a big fat check too. He most likely did. At the relief center, he looked rather unfamiliar with his role as helper in the first person. Unfortunately this is as close as he can ever come to understanding what regular Americans feel. Many of Sandy's victims lost everything and nothing to back them up at the bank,on Wall street, or a big church. I know, there fault right? But they are still God's children. What would that scene look like if FEMA were not there? Mitt wants to do away with FEMA. Let the reality speak for itself.

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    I think, rather, that the storm may well take momentum (what little there may be) out of the Obama campaign. The young, liberal voters have been transported to the polls by the Obama campaign. That becomes less likely to happen more. And so, would impact Obama's campaign efforts much more than Romney's campaign.

    Furthermore, conservatives are much more likely to show up at the polls, come rain or shine. The storm is more likely to prevent casual voters, which many of Obama's voters are, from trudging through water, snow, mud, or what have you.

    Furthermore, anyone reflecting on the damage done by the storm may find a close metaphor in it for what Obama's presidency has done to this nation. No one looks around the nation and sees the very weak economy, listens to Obama basically say, like the girl did in the old TV "Shake and Bake" commercial, Barack (essentially) saying, "And I Hep'd (Helped)!"

    Helped what? Make it worse? YES! Far worse than it need be. How little of the Quantitative Easing money went to rebuild infrastructure? Precious little. Road projects have great multiplier effects. Obama did precious little in that regard!

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:10 a.m.

    to Y ASK Y: Benghazi, F&F, Solyndra, $6 trillion added to our national debt, the apology tour, Obamacare when the nation did not want it and was passed on a weekend on straight party line vote, tax the rich and keep spending, national security leaks after bin Laden was killed, and on and on. He is easily as bad as we say - he is the worst president ever and a detriment to America.

  • Grandma Char Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:00 a.m.

    Really? This is the headline! Mitt Romney set the example yesterday of Americans helping Americans! This is what Americans do! This is who Mitt Romney really is! In my opinion, this was the best thing to do to keep his momentum going! Criticism from nbc, Andrea Mitchell, etc. is so partisan. If we as a country have gotten to the point where only the Red Cross can help, and they can only do that if you give them money (a percentage of which is used to pay overhead) we are in big trouble! Mitt's response here is proof that we do not need big government to save us!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 9:56 a.m.

    this is nonsense. People are not paying attention or caring about any more cheap slander from team Obama in some anti-Romney add. Those days are long gone especially after the debates have exposed Obama as the angry little man with no real answers. The debates - especially the first - showed American (70 million) Mitt Romney for the first time in a fair and honest light and that is why Romney went from trailing Obama pre-debates to leading Obama post debates. Barack can do his usual stand up routine in front of his remaining clueless disciples but as far as influencing any undecided voters - ain't gonna happen. People know who they are voting for and an add showing Romney pushing granny over a cliff is as effective as Joe Biden's cheesy grin.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    My response to:

    "The first debate momentum is gone now. It served its purpose," he said. "Now he needs something else unless there's some major surprise. And after Hurricane Sandy, I'm not sure what else there is."

    What else there is? There is God. If what many of us believe about this Nation being founded by God for freedom in the world, and Obama is destroying that, then you might see many people enter the polling booth with intention of voting for Obama, then because they are truly good people, they will at the last moment decide to pull the chain for Romney.

    Another thing, who is more likely NOT to go vote after all this destruction? Yes. The less educated and poor...who usually all vote for Obama, so the turnout for the Dems could be quite low in these hard hit areas. A boon for Romney....

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    Yesterday while out I saw two lawn signs personally attacking Obama. This was in addition to the incident down South with an effigacy of Obama hanging from a tree. This comes after the disgraceful slam of him in a Brigham City parade this past Summer as well. And this is on top of Gayle Rucizka's movement to stop Obama's voice from being heard in a non-partisan message to our school children. The far right wing that is so prevalent in Utah's community has become the norm and comments commonly heard on this blog are accepted and encouraged by many. Both candidates are decent men with different views on the role of goverment. Demonizing either one with false claims speaks more about your charecter than either one of theirs.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 9:21 a.m.

    Just stop the lies already! There is no way President Obama is as horrible a person as many of you try to make him out to be! Get a clue - you are not going to persuade anyone with such unbelievable, over the top nonsense. Give it up.

  • whatnext Clearfield, Utah
    Oct. 31, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    This artical is about momentum not about polls, or FEMA or anything else. If you really want to get down to it, this is a great oppertunity for both canadates to show the people of this country that they are more concerned about their welfare more so then getting elected to office. Which ever canadate can do that the best will be our next president

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct. 31, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    Xert: That's because Christie actually tells the truth, unlike some other person who says what he thinks people want to hear. Sometimes I agree with Christie and sometimes I don't, but at least he doesn't hesitate either way. You've got people posting on here that would find something wrong no matter what Obama does.

    With that said, no one's campaign has slowed, and Romney will win this election quite easily. However, after a short honeymoon period, he will actually have to prove everthing he says he can do. Let's see how that works out for the middle class, depending on who you define as the middle class!

  • Meg Portage, MI
    Oct. 31, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    There are a whole lot of people who are delighted to hear "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." This destructive event reminds us that we are at our best when we are helping each other, and government extends our reach.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Oct. 31, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    It was so satisfying to hear Gov. Christie praise the President for his help and support. This is a Governor, who--as late as last week was calling Mr. Obama a leader who was "lost in the dark," but who is now literally praising his leadership. If he can do it, so can the rest of us. C'mon folks, this guy is leading. President Bush and Michael Brown of FEMA failed miserably given this same test.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    I notice that at least one of the commenters must not have been in the military. When you serve at the pleasure of the President under an absolute contract to do so that you sign and are sworn to uphold, you have to be able to trust in the President, Commander-in-Chief and top dog who commands the United States of America's military and armed forces.

    Having retired from the military over 20 years ago, the military may have had issues with Integrity or at leas the Commander-in-Chief. Those Generals and Secretaries of Defense and the various services or agencies, everyone of them has in the Code of Ethics and mission statements the word, Integrity. They all basically follow an honor code to show honor for the Constitution of the United States of America.

    The Benghazi Storm is not fodder. The President had the opportunity to be a real leader and be decisive and show courage. However, he went on an airplane we pay for and ran to Las Vegas when people depended on him. He and the Secretary of State and the present and former CIA directors with direct access to the President did also.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Oct. 31, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    I've checked the major news sites (CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox) and, besides Fox, the only reason any of them are even mentioning Benghazi right now is because John McCain went off about it during Romney's "storm relief" photo op.

    Meanwhile, the NYT's 538 blog has President Obama's chances at being reelected at 77.4%, and today's PPP polls have him up by 5 points in both Ohio and Wisconsin.

    Keep clutching those straws, guys.

  • leer Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    Or...maybe Sandy slows down momentum for Obama. The situation room pix of Obama and cabinet already leaked is getting dissed hard on Twitter as political stunt. What, no situation room pix or audio of Benghazi fiasco?! Sandy may have also slowed down early voting (i.e., early voter fraud) in Blue States on eastern seaboard. So we will see come Nov. 6?! Vote Romney Ryan if you Believe in America!

  • Phillip M Hotchkiss Malta, Mt
    Oct. 31, 2012 7:43 a.m.

    Romney will be the kind of leader king Benjamin was in the book of mormon. One who cares for people and one who makes his own living. He has my support. Thank you Mitt

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 31, 2012 6:47 a.m.

    rE: louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    "The Obama administration proposed a 3 percent cut ...."

    Percentage numbers are absolutely meaningless to the average voter. They think in terms of leadership, character, and results. Right now the voters are wondering the same thing former Navy Seal Tyrone Woods was in the long minutes before he died. He had lighted up an enemy position and was waiting for an incoming missile to take it out. The missile never came and the enemy zeroed in on the laser.

    What did Obama know, and when did he know it?

  • Springvillepoet Springville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 6:40 a.m.


    President Obama is being the President. His job in times like these is to help coordinate, to oversee relief, through the organizations at his disposal. He is doing the exact thing other presidents have done, both Democrat and Republican. Ask yourself this: If Mitt Romney was President, and he had not yet been able to get rid of FEMA, would he not use FEMA simply because he disagrees with it (or did at one time)? Romney would most likely use everything he could to help.

    Does President Obama pick up political traction? Yes with some, but he is also losing the ability to encourage early voting, too, which is one of his key themes.

    It's obvious some people will try to make President Obama look bad, even for doing the right thing.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 5:40 a.m.

    If an act of God keeps Romney from winning the election, I think he can handle it. he's running a great campaign, doing a great job, but when life turns against all your plans, all you can do is hold on for the ride.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 5:20 a.m.

    Boo hoo. This must really distress this paper, the voice of the Romney campaign. You have no pretense of objectivity.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 1:49 a.m.


    "has Obama done that? I don't think so? I may be wrong on that matter."

    Then why did you type it? It took me 10 seconds to do an internet search for news articles that prove Obama urged people to donate to the Red Cross, and demanded that government agencies cut red tape and get assistance to victims. Both candidates are handling this in good taste.

    Have we gotten bored politicizing the Benghazi incident already? Figured the hurricane was good cheap fodder?

  • Ying Fah Provo, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 12:54 a.m.

    Dadof5sons Montesano, WA

    Let's get real. Mitt Romney asking for people to donate to the victims of Superstorm Sandy instead of his own campaign is a bit disingenuous considering the number of days left in the campaign. However, simple donations will not come near the costs of this storm.

    Perhaps it would be better for the SuperPACs to send the rest of the money they're holding for storm relief rather than buy additional political advertising in the closing days of the campaign. That would indeed be a change although no one sees that happening in the forseeable future.

    "And i hope Obama can look like the president might be the first time in four years."

    Obviously, you were asleep when Obama was there in the situation room when the Navy Seal team got Bin Laden.

  • Salsero Provo, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 12:40 a.m.

    No matter how many ways you try to spin it, Romney's intent to dismantle FEMA has done significant political damage to his credibility on disaster relief. One can only imagine a what a non-FEMA, state-centered response would be like with a superstorm like Sandy. The question of available resource and organization comes to mind when dealing with these catastrophic events if each state were responsible for only their part of the whole. The inequality of response would be significant with the les-well-off having to suffer more than their more-well-off neighbors.

  • Grammy3 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 12:14 a.m.

    It is so sad that all of those people back east are having to deal with this. My prayers go out to them. Mitt Romney is a very caring man and you can see it in how he lives his life. I feel like people are starting to see exactly just how this man lives his life. He is running for President not for the name and the glory of that mantle but he is doing it because he cares and loves this Country. This man and his wife Ann really do love this Country and their family. They could be out traveling and enjoying life now while they are still able to. Yet instead they saw where this Country was going and made the choice to run for office. May the Lord bless both of them with his protection. May we all remember no matter who we are for to make sure that we get out to vote and encourage others to do so the same. Early voting is going on now and it does make you feel so good when you cast your vote. God Bless America

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 12:08 a.m.

    The far left and liberals of all types will spin anything they can at this time of the campaign to get the topic off of the miserable failures in the past 4 years. That includes many events that the President and his Chicago group want off the radar until after the election. If he wins, which our country will suffer if that happens, then he will feel he has the mandate of the whole country to do what he wants. His 20 page glossy pamphlet spells that out.

    The administration definitely doesn't want anything to surface from their side reference the Libya incident or sand storm for the campaign.

    Governor Romney has shown he is a real leader, even before he becomes President. Especially if President Obama has been in office for 4-years, he hasn't shown the strength, courage, stability, and decision-maker type of person a President is. He can climb the Air Force One steps and turn around and smile forcefully and wave his hand.

    Governor Romney was out making a statement about caring for people today. The President said he was going to be in Washington to guide our country but went to Florida.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 11:19 p.m.

    Terry you are absolutely wrong. The Obama administration proposed a 3 percent cut whereas the Ryan budget was like a 40 percent reduction and Romney campaigned on getting the feds out of the FEMA business. The 900 million shortfall occurs with all the other major cuts that could occur in the event there is no resolution to deal with the deficit spending or the so called "financial cliff" mostly because of the immature rascals in Congress.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 10:57 p.m.

    Aid and relief will be gathered and distributed. Romney and friends will be giving their own money and encouraging private donation. Obama will be distributing and redistributing OUR money. What kind of courage does it take to give away the resources contributed by others?

  • Terry Sandy, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 10:52 p.m.

    Obvious that article was written by a liberal with hopes this will slow Romney's huge momentum. Sorry, but if anything this affects all the liberal voters on the fence because they are already dissatisfied with Obama's horrible job performance and now have just another reason to stay home. So, this is just as likely to be a boon for Romney as a momentum stopper! With the Libya scandal/cover up hitting full steam as new evidence hits every day of their security being cut and not providing support after pleadings for help over several hours of attack (and then blaming it on a little youtube video when they knew it was a terrorist attack). This will continue to haunt Obama and keep Romney in the lead with momentum. Also funny about how liberals blasted FEMA and wanted it disbanded during their slow Katrina/New Orleans response, but when Romney says he has a better plan to get the money out faster (directly to the states), all the Liberals now love FEMA and say how horrible Romney is for wanting to change it! They must have forgot their past& Obama's latest budget proposal cuts $900 Million from FEMA!

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    Oct. 30, 2012 10:41 p.m.

    This is what is not being reported. Mitt Romney has asked people to donate to the Red Cross instead of his campaign to help people out. has Obama done that? I don't think so? I may be wrong on that matter. But Mitt is showing forth his true grit and rolling up his sleeves and serving his fellow man. And i hope Obama can look like the president might be the first time in four years.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 10:35 p.m.

    What's the storm got to do with "global warming?" Also, even if there is global warming, what's this got to do with Romney? Also, in my opinion, only the most naive of people think that the U. S. government can do anything about the temperature of the atmosphere; it's sure big-government folly. If the states have all the money pumped to the Federal government for disasters, they could cooperate to handle it better, with less waste, and less favoritism.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 9:52 p.m.

    Sandy brought attention to two of Romney's weaknesses. He advocated that FEMA be abolished and was in favor of states acting on their own initiative. He also dismisses any threat or consequence of gloabal warming. But there is still a week left before election. I am sure he will be changing his mind if pressed about it.

  • Doug Forbes Greenfield, IN
    Oct. 30, 2012 9:21 p.m.

    Pure speculation. Similar to the speculation that the last debate would slow Mitt's momentum. In fact as more and more people hear about Benghazi, Obama sinks ever lower in the polls.