Hurricane Sandy: Romney Campaign Bus in VA Will Deliver Supplies

Mitt Romney’s campaign bus in Arlington, VA will be used to deliver supplies to those affected in the area by Hurricane Sandy. Oct 28, 2012 (Photographer unknown)

Due to the impending threat from Hurricane Sandy, Governor Mitt Romney cancelled campaign events over the weekend scheduled to take place in Virginia and New Hampshire. He joined Congressman Paul Ryan on the campaign trail in swing-state Ohio. (For today’s events, click on our Mitt Calendar.) The Romney campaign is calling for emergency supply donations to be brought to his Victory offices in Virginia. Romney’s bus will used to deliver supplies to those affected by the hurricane in that area.

Tweets tell the story! (Included are messages from Emily Friedman, ABC producer/digital reporter covering Governor Romney’s campaign, Rachel Streitfeld, CNN political producer, also covering the campaign, and Mitt and Ann Romney):

Late last night, Romney also sent out the following email:

Tonight, Ann and I are keeping the people in Hurricane Sandy’s path in our thoughts and prayers.

I hope that if you can, you’ll reach out to your neighbors who may need help getting ready for the storm — especially your elderly neighbors. And if you can give of your resources or time, please consider supporting your local Red Cross organization — visit www.redcross.org to get involved.

For safety’s sake, as you and your family prepare for the storm, please be sure to bring any yard signs inside. In high winds they can be dangerous, and cause damage to homes and property.

I’m never prouder of America than when I see how we pull together in a crisis. There’s nothing that we can’t handle when we stand together.

Stay safe and God Bless,

Mitt Romney

UPDATE: Governor Romney has cancelled all campaign events for the remainder of today and tomorrow.

Thanks, Team Romney, for your leadership and taking action to help!

MRC is keeping those in the storm’s path in our thoughts and prayers.

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Storm Damage: Pretty-words-Obama vs Make-it-happen-Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney listens to the concerns of a man affected by Hurricane Isaac in the damaged neighborhood of Lafitte, Louisiana on Friday, Augusts 31, 2012. (Photo – Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

As the Democratic National Convention gets underway and Americans will be fed non-stop “OBAMA CARES” rhetoric, I just had to underscore one of the many differences between the two men running for the United States presidency. Here’s my point about sanctimonious Obama and get-it-done Mitt Romney:

Obama doesn’t care; finally tours storm damage
RedState
By Dan Spencer
September 3, 2012

President Obama finally arrived in Louisiana to inspect the damage done by Hurricane Isaac six days after the storm made landfall and three days after Mitt Romney inspected hurricane damage with Governor Bobby Jindal.

Romney got there three days earlier because he cared enough to skip a campaign rally in Virginia in order to inspect the damage done by Isaac. If Romney had not made the extra effort to visit Louisiana, does anyone seriously think Obama would have bothered to show up at all?

Obama couldn’t be bothered; making political hay was priority last week while the GOP National Convention was taking place. While storm Isaac raged, he glided into Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia to hold rallies:

Obama was too busy flying all over the country fundraising and campaigning to visit the storm damage. At least he was until Romney made his inspection trip. I know the White House claims Obama made the decision to visit Louisiana before Mitt Romney’s announcement that he would be going to the state Friday to see damage from Hurricane Isaac. Frankly I just don’t believe it. Do you? After all Obama announced that he would tour Hurricane Isaac damage in Louisiana only after Romney did.

Spencer points out this is Obama’s M.O.; he’s done this before:

Iowa city councilman: Obama has fundraised over touring flood damage before

President Barack Obama ignored a request to tour flood damage in Sioux City, Iowa, last summer, City Councilman Keith Radig said in a radio appearance. Obama chose not to visit the area the Missouri River flooded last summer, Radig added, and is only going to speak at the city’s Morningside College at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday because he’s in desperate need of votes against Mitt Romney ahead of November’s election.

You could kind of describe Obama as a fair weathered friend — he’s one that’s only there when he needs something from you,” Radig said. “But when we needed his leadership, he was nowhere to be found. In the Midwest we are hardworking and determined. We are tired of struggling due to the Obama policies.”

Radig added that when five congressmen wrote to Obama last summer asking him for help and to visit the damaged area, he declined, instead campaigning on other side of Iowa.

Out of deference to the potential struggles facing many in Isaac’s path and concern over safety, the Republican National Committee and Romney campaign scrapped the entire first day of their convention. On subsequent days, moments of silence and prayers were offered for those in harm’s way. While huge images of Red Cross contact information appeared on the many large onstage screens, speakers repeatedly urged Americans to aid Isaac victims by donating to the Red Cross.

Another event took place which seemed to be beneath the attention of the mainstream media:

Monday in Tampa: Utah delegates at GOP convention work on hygiene kits ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac
By Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News
Monday, Aug. 27 2012

TAMPA, Fla. — With the first day of the four-day Republican National Convention cut short by Tropical Storm Isaac, the Utah delegation quickly assembled 1,000 hygiene kits that will be distributed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, possibly to storm victims.

“Our goal here is to leave Tampa better than we found it,” Wright said.

Utah House Majority Leader Brad Dee, R-Ogden, said the state has a reputation for showing compassion. “It’s important to give back,” Dee said. “We have so many blessings that come into our lives.”

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, thanked the participants for their work.

It reflects well of our state and of our party,” Lee said. “It’s good to be a Republican. Most importantly, it’s good to be getting a new president of the United States.”

Hats off to the Utah delegation and others who helped.

Remember how Obama drug his golf shoe toes on visiting the Gulf when the BP oil spill occurred?

And, when Obama says “I am my brother’s keeper” he just doesn’t mean his real brother.

As coverage of the Democratic convention begins today, remember: Pretty-words-Obama can’t begin to measure up to make-it-happen Mitt Romney.

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Romney Encourages Red Cross Donations to Help Tornado Victims

Aerial photo of the aftermath of a destructive tornado that swept through Marysville, Indiana yesterday, March 2, 2012. (Click on image to enlarge.) Photo AP/Al Behrman

It’s quite a day…

While we’re thinking about the caucuses in Washington State today and the Huckabee Presidential Forum for GOP candidates tonight, our aching hearts are with our suffering fellow Americans. So many lives have been devastated by the mass of violent tornadoes and storms that slammed the Midwest and south these past few days.

The images on the news, videos, and first-hand accounts of survivors are chilling.

Excellent advice from Governor Romney:

My heart goes out to the tornado victims. Please give what you can to the @RedCross.

Did you hear the story of the baby girl found alone in the cornfield 10 miles away from her home?

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A baby girl found alone in a field in Indiana after Friday’s massive, tornado-spawning storms is being treated in a Kentucky hospital.

A spokeswoman for the hospital in Salem, Ind., where the girl was first taken said Saturday that authorities were still trying to figure out how she ended up in the field alone. St. Vincent Salem Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Richardson says the child’s family is from New Pekin, Ind., about 10 miles south of where the child was found.

Richardson says the girl is in critical condition at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky. She says she can’t release the name of the girl or her family. …

20 month-old Angel Babcock, Indiana tornado survivor, March 2, 2012

UPDATE March 4, 2012:

20 month-old Angel Babcock was found alive, lying in a field surrounded by the bodies of her family following a deadly tornado in Indiana on Friday. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed child was found by rescuers forty miles west of Chelsea, in New Pekin, Indiana, and was taken to hospital where she is in critical condition. Angel’s older brother, Jayden, two, was found dead under a pile of rubble while the body of her baby sister, Kendall was found still strapped to her car seat. The body of her mother Moriah Brough, 21, was found by rescuers lying under a tree while father Joseph Babcock, 20, was discovered lying a few streets away.

Such a tragic story; reports are that little Angel has extended family who are with her in the hospital. May she have a full recovery and lots of love going forward.

UPDATE 2 – Afternoon of March 4, 2012: I’m sorry to report that little Angel has died of massive head trauma. In the midst of sorrow, there is comfort in believing that her family greeted their little darling with open arms. May the Babcock family rest in peace. And, may God bless their loved ones who must carry on without them.

There are no words…

Dazed Bill Lloyd carries his nine month old baby Mason down U.S. highway 52 near Moscow, Ohio. His home was completely demolished by a tornado on Friday, March 2, 2012. (Photo AP/The Enquirer/Gary Landers)

Although there have been varying reports, the latest count on the death toll is at 38. It’s expected to rise.

We at MRC offer our thoughts and prayers for all affected by this great disaster.

Donations may be given to the Red Cross here.

► Jayde Wyatt