Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Ignoring the Red Cross’ request for financial donations to help victims of Hurricane Sandy and not cans of beans, tuna and chicken, used blankets clothes, Mitt Romney decided the deadly storm presented the faltering campaign with a valuable photo-op.
Romney, along with Ohio surrogate Sen. Rob Portman (R), asked supporters to bring donations to a campaign event in Dayton. Fearful that supporters would leave the rented Penske truck empty, the Romney campaign dispatched aides to go shopping at a local Wal-Mart and spend $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, energy drinks, canned soup, and diapers to put on display while they crossed their fingers and hoped donations would come in, according to one staffer.
Needless to say, Romney got his photo-op, albeit cynically staged. Is this what Romney meant when he said as president, he would eliminate FEMA and turn disaster relief over to individual states?