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Joan Vennochi

Mitt Romney backtracks on FEMA

After the winds and waves of Hurricane Sandy tore apart chunks of the Atlantic coast, they exposed a fundamental difference between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Obama will be swiftly shipping federal relief dollars to devastated communities. Romney once suggested he would reduce those federal programs and shift control of emergency management to the states. Funding programs such as disaster relief is “immoral,” he said, if it means adding to the debt. Post-Sandy, he is softening his tone.

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