Conservative pundit: Romney wants to abolish FEMA, now flip-flopping

“A lot of people don’t think that’s a good idea”

Conservative writer and commentator Debra Saunders admitted today on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” that Mitt Romney wants to abolish FEMA, and that now he’s running from his own statements.

KURTZ: Debra Saunders, Romney didn’t quite say in that debate that he’d abolish FEMA, but he did seem to kind of, sort of, imply it.  Fair game for the press in the wake of this devastating hurricane?SAUNDERS: Yeah I think it is fair game for the press. I mean, he did seem to say that he wanted to move this federal agency for states to run things, and I’m sure a lot of people don’t think that’s a good idea.  You don’t see him talking about that a lot this week, do you?

I think that we’ve seen the Etch-a-Sketch Romney

Then Bill Press talks about Romney refusing to answer questions about FEMA, and his overall flip-flopping.

Debra Saunders

PRESS: With Romney there is an attempt, at any rate, to reinvent himself.  Look, he was totally against abortion, now, not so much: “I’m not as bad as you think I am.”  He was totally against Obamacare, now he says “no there are some parts that I actually like.”  So now he says “give disaster relief all to the states,” now he says “no, but we’ll still keep FEMA.” That raises a question, I think, of where does he really stand.

KURTZ:  That has become a theme of the recent coverage, Debra Saunders, not as much of a theme as one might expect, I wonder if you think it’s fair or are we seeing a certain amount of spin in this coverage.

SAUNDERS: Well, look it, I think that we’ve seen the Etch-a-Sketch Romney. He moved to the right in order to win the primary, now he’s moving toward the center…. I think it’s fair for people to point it out and ask which one is the real one.


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