Obama, Romney send last-minute stumpers to Minnesota

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS and ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: October 31, 2012 - 5:27 AM

On a day when Hurricane Sandy put the presidential campaign on hold for most of the country, Minnesota caught more political action than it has seen this entire election cycle.

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werecomingOct. 31, 1212:08 AM

Obama campaigners, please don't stop by... You've been campaigning for the last 3+ years... We want change!

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just1oldgoatOct. 31, 12 4:27 AM

There is NOTHING WRONG with Clinton campaigning while the East Coast is experiencing some unsettled weather. Meanwhile, it is ABSOLUTELY SHAMEFUL that Ryan is campaigning while the East Coast is being ravaged by a deadly storm.

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luzhishenOct. 31, 12 6:53 AM

Maybe Romney's stumpers can answer the questions about his desire to abolish FEMA and replace it with state and private resources...he ducked the question 14 times yesterday. Maybe today he'll tell us he really loves FEMA and would never abolish it. Run, ruin, as fast as you can, you can't catch himn - he's the Etch-a-Sketch Man!

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tqbradyOct. 31, 12 7:15 AM

Isn't it sweet that Mittens and Paul have "transformed" their political rallies into hurricane relief events? And they are collecting toilet paper and canned goods for the East Coast! What a wonderfully effective way to demonstrate how easy it is to dismantle FEMA and return its functions to the states. [sarcasm intended]

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my4centsOct. 31, 12 8:14 AM

luzhishen and tqbrady - No matter how effective FEMA may or may not be, dismantling it and returning this function to the individual states is a great idea. There is no good reason why the Federal Government should be involved. And tqbrady, individuals volunteering to help - even when they are running for national office - is not in any way the same as having the federal government involved.

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Interested ObserverOct. 31, 12 8:41 AM

"Kristin Sosanie, spokeswoman for the Obama campaign in Minnesota, said the Romney camp is the one that seems to be on the defensive."......LOL!! This State hasn't voted for a Republican president since 1972 so if Clinton is here stumping for Obama, that is an excellent sign for Romney!

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drichmnOct. 31, 12 8:41 AM

"There is no good reason why the Federal Government should be involved. " .... take a look at the devastation. The states rely on the federal government because they can mobilize resources from outside of the areas that are hit. There is no way that a state can take care of it's own needs when it has experienced the kind of destruction that a hurricane or tornado inflicts.

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rickbmnOct. 31, 12 8:44 AM

luzhishen: We really don't need FEMA to the extent it exists. Think about it. The Feds take millions of dollars from the states to fund FEMA. Then when the money is needed, the states have to go to FEMA and beg for their own money back. A very expensive and inefficient process. If it weren't, why would the president have to publicly state he wanted them to cut through the all the red tape? Wouldn't it make sense to keep those dollars in the states so the states could spend their money as they see fit? After all, who knows a state better than its governor and the local officials? The state and local people or the feds? We don't need a large central government. We need the feds to get out of the way and let the states do what the founders (and the Constitution) proscribed. This is a country of STATES not a federal govt.

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drichmnOct. 31, 12 8:45 AM

The Romney campaign talks about increasing desperate attacks? Like their lie about moving jeep production to China? Their lie about not wanting to overturn Rove v Wade? Their lie about not wanting to get rid of FEMA? And they're bringing back the lie about removing welfare work requirements.

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tqbradyOct. 31, 12 8:47 AM

my4cents: No. Actually, dismantling FEMA and returning it to the states isn't a "great" idea. It is just one more example of the silliness of the Romney/Ryan ticket -- simple, implausible, unworkable solutions to complex and large-scale challenges. The real issue with FEMA has been the manner in which previous republican administrations have used it as a vehicle for political pay-back appointments. Remember "You're doing a great job" Brownie? Don't believe me? Just ask Governor Christie about the assistance he's getting from Fugate these days. This is not an isolated problem with R/R's "feel-good" baloney. The examples are too numerous to describe here but they are everywhere from their tax, to economy to foreign relations "plans" . . . pure vaporware and part of the GOPers transparent bait-and-switch scheme. I'm not buying it!

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