Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney "refused to answer repeated questions about how he would handle the duties of the Federal Emergency Management Agency" while on the campaign trail today. The former Massachusetts governor has previously criticized federal disaster relief spending and suggested that he would privatize FEMA to respond to disasters such as Hurricane Sandy.
"Governor, are you going to see some storm damage?" one reporter asked. Several others again asked Romney whether he would eliminate FEMA. "Governor, you’ve been asked 14 times. Why are you refusing to answer the question?" one asked.
Romney ignored the reporters’ queries and continued loading up the truck. Earlier, during the event, he ignored similar queries. During a 2011 primary debate, Romney supported the idea of curtailing federal disaster response and letting states and the private sector take on a bigger role.
And from the pool report via Huffington Post:
TV pool asked Romney at least five times whether he would eliminate FEMA as president/what he would do with FEMA. He ignored the qs but they are audible on cam. The music stopped at points and the qs would have been audible to him.
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