Oh Really Now! @MittRomney Turns Campaign In Ohio Into A Storm Relief Rally or the Opposite?

| October 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Hurricane Sandy can’t stop campaigning, at least in the Mitt Romney camp. While President Barack Obama took a break while Sandy savaged the Northeast and the Mideast, Mitt Romney took the opportunity to campaign in Ohio, but for a good effort.

His event in Montgomery County Ohio was billed as a “storm relief” event. Attendees were asked to bring non-perishable foods and other items for those affected by the storm. Long white tables were placed to one side of the James S. Trent Arena were piled high with flashlights, batteries, diapers, toothbrushes, mini-deodorants, fleece blankets, cereal, toilet paper and canned goods.

Two large TV screens at the front of the venue bore the logo of the American Red Cross and the message: “Sandy: Support the Relief Effort. Text ’REDCROSS’ to 90999 to make a $10 donation.”

Despite the looks, this was still a campaign rally. A big American flag hung above a stage where a sparkling red drum set had been set up, and the soundtrack being piped through the speakers ahead of the event was the same as at a typical Romney or Paul Ryan rally, featuring upbeat songs such as Rodney Atkins’ “It’s America” and Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” while Romney’s biographical video played on the TV screens.

Press credentials given to traveling reporters still billed the event as a “victory rally,” and patrons of the event were more interested in hearing a rally speech than talk about relief.

With the election days away and Ohio being a strongly contested state that Romney would have to win in order to have a chance to win the nomination, it makes sense that not even a super storm could stop the Romney machine.

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