Mitt Romney Disaster Relief Position Faces Scrutiny
By ANDREW TAYLOR 10/31/12 08:29 PM ET EDT AP
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WASHINGTON — There's nothing like a natural disaster to test the depth of politicians' preference for small government.
And so it turns out that after Superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast, Mitt Romney is far more supportive of the government agency in charge of coordinating disaster relief. Only last year, as Romney hewed to the right while battling for the GOP nomination, he seemed to downplay the federal government's role in disaster response.
"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 a debate last June. "And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better."
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