Mitt Romney’s politicising of national disasters during the US presidential campaign has previously come in for significant criticism, but now it’s looking like he’s doing it again in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Whilst Barack Obama has been winning cross-party plaudits for his statesmanlike response, his Republican challenger has been left trying to catch up. Romney urged his supporters to bring disaster relief supplies to a “non-political” event, but it seems that despite crying off the campaign trail, his efforts have been focused on, erm, key swing states.
Whilst New York is cleaning up severe devastation in the wake of the storm, it hasn’t seen any of Romney-aid — possibly because of its support for the Democrats? Yet help has been focused on battleground states like Virginia and New Hampshire.
Meanwhile, Bill Clinton has been using Sandy as a springboard to mock Romney’s climate change scepticism:
Poor Mitt seems to have been blown away.