In Hampton today, while discussing the choice in this election, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen took Romney to task for calling disaster relief "immoral" and planning to privatize FEMA if elected. During a CNN debate in June, 2011 Romney said he would "send [FEMA] back to the private sector" and that said that it was "immoral" to continue to rack up debt by funding disaster relief.
SENATOR SHAHEEN: "Here in New Hampshire, the last week, that has to be a reminder to people, the fact that government is important and public employees who are out there working in times of crisis to make sure people are safe, that has to be a reminder about the choice in this election: that we're going to continue to have a government and have leaders who understand that, or we're going to go to the Mitt Romney model that says 'we don't need FEMA, let's let the private sector do it.' Well, you're not going to get very far on that individual responsibility piece - you're on your own - in times like Hurricane Sandy. Clearly, we've got a real choice coming up in five and a half days. It's about whether we're going to keep this state and this country moving forward. Or about whether we're going to go back to the trickle down policies of George W. Bush that got us into this situation in the first place.