Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told CNN on Thursday that he wished Hurricane Sandy had not happened "when it did" because it helped President Obama during the 2012 election (video below).
"Obviously a hurricane with a week to go before the election stalled our campaign... I wish the hurricane hadn’t have happened when it did because it gave the president a chance to be presidential and to be out showing sympathy for folks. That’s one of the advantages of incumbency," said Romney.
Romney did not mention that Hurricane Sandy killed hundreds of people and caused an estimated $50 billion worth of damage.
His interview with CNN’s Gloria Borger covered other topics such as his infamous "47 percent" remark at a private fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida on May 17, 2012.
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Time magazine reported Romney's 47 percent statement as follows:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. These are people who pay no income tax and so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
"And, you know, now and then, things don't come out exactly the way you want them to come out. They don't sound the way you thought they sounded. And now, with a good opposition campaign, they grab it, they blow it up, maybe they take it a bit out of context, maybe they don't, but, it obviously, is paraded in a way that you hadn't intended," lamented Romney.