Mitt Romney said that any disaster relief is “immoral”

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney told John King during the June 13, 2011 Republican presidential primary debate that federal disaster relief was “immoral”:

KING: What else, Governor Romney? You’ve been a chief executive of a state. I was just in Joplin, Missouri. I’ve been in Mississippi and Louisiana and Tennessee and other communities dealing with whether it’s the tornadoes, the flooding, and worse. FEMA is about to run out of money, and there are some people who say do it on a case-by-case basis and some people who say, you know, maybe we’re learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role. How do you deal with something like that?

ROMNEY: Absolutely. 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.

Instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut—we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in. We cannot…

KING: Including disaster relief, though?

ROMNEY: We cannot—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, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all. [emphasis added]

In this regard, Romney was speaking identical to his future running-mate: Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.   Ryan attempted to cut a new disaster aid fundthat “budgets help for victims of hurricanes, tornadoes and floods before they occur.”  Romney reaffirmed his opposition to all disaster relief in October 2012 shortly before Superstorm Sandy. 

Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy shows storm still rolling inland (bit.ly/SrA4eo)

Surprisingly, Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey praised Obama’s sudden and effective response to the Superstorm.  As the Huffington Post reported (with video):

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) praised President Barack Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy, which he said has left over 2.4 million people without power in his state.
“It’s a major disaster,” Christie said on NBC’s Today. “We have a battered, battered New Jersey shore that I hope to tour a little bit later on today, but I think the losses are going to be almost incalculable.”
This morning, Obama declared a major disaster in New Jersey and New York, making federal aid available to help with recovery efforts.
Christie said that he had spoken with Obama several times on Monday, and that the federal response “has been great.””I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president personally,” Christie, a Romney supporter, said. “The president has been outstanding in this, and so the folks of FEMA, Craig Fugate and his folks have been excellent.” (http://status.huffingtonpost.com/page/2/)

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