Does Mitt Romney Want to Get Rid of FEMA?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaking at a campaign event in Fishersville, Virginia on Oct. 4, 2012 Photograph by Eric Thayer/The New York Times via Redux

4 p.m., Oct. 30, 2012 — One of the problems politicians face, when claiming to want to cut government, is that occasionally the importance of having a strong, functioning government becomes vividly clear—like after a giant hurricane. That complicates things in a way that can be mighty awkward, as Mitt Romney is finding out today.

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