Hurricane Sandy is prompting questions about how Mitt Romney would approach emergency management, especially given that he said during a 2011 primary debate that disaster relief might be better handled by states. “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,” he said then, adding that it was “simply immoral” to rack up debts and pass them onto our children. A Romney campaign official said Monday that the candidate would not abolish the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but that “as the first responders, states are in the best position to aid affected individuals and communities, and to direct resources and assistance to where they are needed most. This includes help from the federal government and FEMA.”
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