Republicans: Sandy to blame for Romney's campaign pause


Big waves caused by hurricane Sandy along the south coast of Santo Domingo on October 24, 2012.


Erika Santelices

If Romney loses tomorrow's election, Republicans already know who's to blame, and her name is Sandy.

"The hurricane is what broke Romney's momentum," said former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour while speaking on CNN's State of the Union.

“I don't think there's any question about it,” he added, The Hill reported. “Any day that the news media is not talking about jobs and the economy, taxes and spending, deficit and debt, 'ObamaCare' and energy, is a good day for Barack Obama.”

Barbour's not the only one pushing that line of thinking. According to the Washington Post, Karl Rove explained that Romney would have been able to talk about the issues at hand.

“If you hadn’t had the storm, there would have been more of a chance for the [Mitt] Romney campaign to talk about the deficit, the debt, the economy. There was a stutter in the campaign. When you have attention drawn away to somewhere else, to something else, it is not to his [Romney's] advantage,” Rove said.

They're not entirely wrong. According to CBS News, polls showed that Romney had been gaining support steadily in the eight days leading up to the election. However, their polls, which used different models than most public polls, saw the campaign "pause" after Sandy hit the ground.

However, it may not just have been the storm that caused the pause in Romney's momentum. As GlobalPost's Jean Mackenzie pointed out, the Romney campaign has been a bit under fire for comments that Romney had previously made about disaster relief.