How did Hurricane Sandy impact the election?
Monica Crowley and Kirsten Powers weigh in
- Duration 7:04
- Date Nov 7, 2012
Monica Crowley and Kirsten Powers weigh in
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-- a major story over the past week has been hurricane sandy and now we know it did play a role in last night's presidential election.
According your Fox News exit polls about four in ten voters said the president's response to sandy was important to their vote.
Look at that.
And about two thirds of those folks back President Obama.
So did say the interfere with governor Romney's chances to win the White House joining me now -- telling me.
-- is a columnist with the Daily Beast both -- Fox News contributors so much for the purple theme of the day people -- This is interesting to me -- hit a lot of these organizations have headlines today that say.
Sandy wasn't a factor sandy was in a -- it wasn't the dominant factor but it was eighty factor for some voters I guess the question is.
Are those people who are gonna vote for Romney and got so we need to Obama because of CND -- -- if -- -- I don't think now I think in that question you don't know for sure whether or not those people were already voting for Obama and that just so that was the thing that clinched it for them.
Or not I I think fundamentally people.
We're voting on the economy and they are voting for who they thought it was gonna do the best job on the economy when it came down but they I think they bought.
That does the us the story that -- -- -- telling witches.
Things are turning around stick with me you don't really know who this guy is he's this you know rich guy who doesn't really understand -- -- you know that's -- shows that people overwhelmingly felt that -- Obama did understand them.
And I think that's why he won.
But what's fishing -- maybe dig deeper in these polls Monica is 15%.
Said it was the most important factor in their vote now that could be folks in New Jersey.
You know who -- at the heart of that devastation.
Or it could be other folks out there who saw a moment of bipartisan ship.
Where the president stepped in to help -- Republican governor and they had a photo op and so I mean this could have played in other ways that that we didn't really get to with the exit poll.
The 15% number I think you could.
Actually be significant on its face it does seem like -- small number but.
At the margins perhaps the -- did have a tiny bit of the fact and it took it to person's point.
But you know this president have really hasn't demonstrated much leadership and also the idea that he swoops in during a storm.
And actually does the job that we hired him to do I mean I -- This is why you hire president this is the bare minimum of what a president should do and -- national crisis or natural disaster.
Is to do what he did and maybe it just seems so refreshing.
That we finally saw him doing what we hired him to -- That it kind of got people may be to take a second look.
I do think that the storm threw a monkey wrench in Mitt Romney's momentum because it disrupted the story line and I also think you got my partisan.
Exactly and I think that bipartisan photo op with Republican governor New Jersey Chris Christie.
Also kind of damage mix narrative that he was he only one who could work across the aisle with other people.
With Democrats as he did in Massachusetts when we when he had 87% Democrats in the legislature and then and then there was this.
Comment from another.
Host and another channel about how fortunate.
Some folks -- to see sandy hits watch.
I'm so glad we had that storm last week.
Because I think this storm was one of those things no politically I should say in -- are hurting people the storm brought in possibilities for good politics.
And okay went over a hundred people dead hundreds of thousands without power suffering babies elderly.
I mean I understand what he was trying to say but really insensitive it's a -- that's a long list of insensitive foolish things but he has -- I also don't even agree with his sort of political on now so I just don't think it -- that much of the difference I really.
And I think it's dangerous for Republicans did to start trying to.
Say well -- Mitt Romney -- won for this or that reason when in fact there are some really structural problems with the Republican Party and he didn't run a very good campaign I mean that those are two things that I think Republicans have stepped back and look at and figure out.
And and if they're gonna try to -- -- on something like.
Candy they're missing the storm as.
In baseball game where that one team is losing and they're getting devastated throughout the game and then it comes down to like the last moment and -- but he strikes out there like after.
Yeah I guess is that we'll have a whole team had played better right wouldn't be -- you up to that one last incident yeah I know I just wanna pick up on my interest in this thing because I.
I -- but only to a certain point I don't think that the Republican Party has structural problems.
Did Mitt Romney makes some mistakes of course so did Barack Obama.
But I think the result we saw last night.
Points to something much bigger and that is the President Obama and the left have had enormous success of the last four years and it didn't start with Obama but certainly he accelerated this process.
Of changing the very nature and character of the country where more people now are dependent on government that not.
He tried to -- the greatest -- that tipping point.
It's gotten results last night I think showed that perhaps he's gotten us -- panel on that coming up to thirty but I just wanna get a quick respond quickly picked to be quick.
The status of women and the Republican Party.
Much work if any do they have to do live in that -- now they've always been disadvantaged and they obviously -- -- -- a lot more work and I think they have to figure out how to shut down some of these people who savings.
These crazy thing legitimately -- quickly because what happens is -- it's it it makes abortion a proxy for women's rights if it means now.
You know even someone like me who's not even I'm pro life but I'm so turned off by those comments -- -- -- think I can't be part of a party where where this people say these -- -- in his -- that the Republican should not allow themselves to play on the -- battlegrounds -- abortion.
Got whole conversation is left.
-- say we're no republic and the two guys who came up and they tried it worked out with them what I -- and you know what it didn't matter no Republican candidate especially this time around should have been talking about anything other than jobs and the economy.
And both Murdoch and -- -- got trapped in a conversation about this they got themselves in trouble and the loss of seats in the Republicans lost the senate in large part because of it and it what it was eight and they have been arrested eight -- -- an effort protesting outside of that abortion clinics.
So there's there's been -- history to predict you know when it you know because I don't bush not as -- -- -- -- Selecting a politician under -- it's not think has these politicians -- -- -- -- now we've got 50% of the Americans and blacks aren't at all like it's because they stepped in -- they put their foot in your mouth.
And then they didn't get any back up and they didn't -- the other issues -- -- Tea -- and I and I think that's another thing that the Republican Party has to do what is is these these Tea Party candidates who have now screwed up.
Multiple easy seats that they should have won Christine O'Donnell's.
You know Claire McCaskill went with it at its heart you know was abducted and about the social issues there about but I am I -- -- and I and I got -- Today -- thank you so much -- for get up early today about the letter I.