Mitt Romney Faces Post-Sandy Scrutiny Over Stance On FEMA
Mitt Romney is doing more damage control over previous comments he made about wanting to cut the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
In the wake of Sandy—the storm which destroyed many areas on the East Coast—Romney is assuring the public that while last year he thought that disaster recovery should be left up to the state, and not the federal agency, if he were president he wouldn't leave victims without proper assistance.
One day after dodging the questions about his stance 14 times, Romney released a statement outlining his new position. “I believe that FEMA plays a key role in working with state and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters,” he 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 state and localities are in the best positions to get aid to the individuals and communities affected by natural disasters.”
While President Obama has suspended campaign efforts until further notice, Romney has widened the scope of areas that he will hit to garner voters. According to ABC News the Republican candidate is moving into historically Democratic states like Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
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