As millions of Americans prepare for and respond to Hurricane Sandy, comments made by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney regarding cuts to emergency response budgets are resurfacing.
“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,” Romney said at the Republican primary debate. “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 the opposite question, what should we keep?"
When asked if that included disaster relief, Romney said:
“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.”
The Romney campaign has partially walked back the comments.