Romney Adviser Stuart Stevens Says Hurricane Sandy Was The Final Blow To His Campaign
By Tom Herrmann | December 7, 2012 3:09 AM EST
Hurricane Sandy devastated the East coast of the United States, but the superstorm also hit the presidential campaign hard, according to Stuart Stevens. The former Romney campaign advisor claims that the Republican presidential hopeful lost control of the race when Sandy struck in an interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose.
"After the storm, I never had a good feeling," Stevens said in the PBS interview. "Not that the storm impacted things so much, per se, but these races -- a race like this is a lot like an NBA game. It's all about ball control at the end. ... We went from having these big rallies around the country to literally sitting around in hotel rooms and there was just nothing we could do about it."
Stevens continues his support for the former contender for the Presidency even after the election, despite the fact that other Republicans have been less supportive. He even went so far as to write an op-ed piece for the Washington Post, claiming Romney “defended the free-enterprise system and, more than any figure in recent history, drew attention to the moral case for free enterprise and conservative economics.”
Hurricane Sandy wasn’t the only excuse Stevens brought up in the interview. He claims that the primary and general elections drained resources and caused conflicts in the messages of the Romney campaign, but ultimately it came down to the unexpected amount of democrats who voted.
Though Steven’s acknowledged the many blunders of the Romney campgian, like the 47 percent comments among other remarks, but brushed off the issues.
"There are always moments when things don't come out right," Stevens said of Romney's statement that disenfranchised nearly half the coutnry.
One thing Stevens couldn’t explain was the unusual actions of Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention. The veteran actor took the stage and addressed an empty chair as if it were President Barack Obama.
There were “very specific things [Eastwood] was supposed to say,” according to Stevens. As most people with access to mass media know, the aged performer took things in an odd direction.
"Eastwood, um, it was very good of him to come out," Stevens said. "It's very difficult to get Hollywood people to come out. He felt strongly about this and he wanted to do it. He's spoken himself as to why he decided to do what he did. ... He asked for a chair as he was standing to go on stage."
The interview video is available on the Huffington Post.
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