THE LAST WORD
WITH LAWRENCE O’DONNELL
By Clare Kim
As the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Sandy only eight days before Election Day, voters might be wondering how a President Romney would manage a similar situation. Romney and Paul Ryan have cancelled their campaign events scheduled for Monday night and Tuesday “out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy,” But at a Republican primary debate last June, he seemed to propose shutting down FEMA, the federal disaster management agency that’s spearheading the government’s response to the storm.
During the CNN primary debate, Romney was asked about the role of the federal government. He answered:
The storm continues to pack hurricane force winds more than five hours after making landfall along the coast of southern New Jersey, according to the 2 a.m. ET advisory from the National Weather Service. The system is centered about 10 miles southwest of Philadelphia.
More than 5 million people are without electricity in 13 states and the District of Columbia.