At one of his “storm relief events,” on Tuesday, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney repeatedly refused to answer questions about his promise to eliminate FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (video below), reports RawStory.com.
FEMA provides federal government relief to disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, which has killed 44 people and caused between $50 and $30 million worth of destruction on the east coast.
Today, a reporter shouted to Romney: “Governor are you going to eliminate FEMA?” but received no response. Another reporter asked “Gov. are you going to see some storm damage? Gov. has Chris Christie invited you to come survey storm damage? Gov. you’ve been asked 14 times, why are you refusing to answer the question?”
Romney had pledged to abolish the Federal Emergency Management Agency back in June of this year during a GOP debate.
When asked about FEMA funding, Romney said at the debate: "And 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. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better… We cannot, we cannot afford to do those things. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better."