On MSNBC, host Andrea Mitchell criticized Republican presidential Mitt Romney for making collections to help victims of Hurricane Sandy:
"And then you have the image of Mitt Romney, doing what they say is not a campaign event, in the same space they were going to hold a campaign event," says Mitchell. "They say they are making collections for hurricane and storm relief. Chris Cillizza, first to you: We checked with the Red Cross, the Red Cross said, well, they are always grateful for donations, but this is not what they need or want. That they always tell people, please donate money, because we have our own packagers, wholesalers. They have their own distribution system. And to now get these canned goods from the Romney event in Ohio, and have to first package it--used clothes, they have to clean, they can't go directly to victims. So, what they need are donations of blood and donations of money. It does seem like a thinly veiled--why Ohio? Why choose Ohio?"
"Right," responds Cillizza, "because the storm is kind of there" in Ohio, while Mitchell interjects simultaneously, "not in Ohio."
According to the Toledo Blade, "High winds spinning off the edge of superstorm Sandy took a vicious swipe at northeast Ohio early Tuesday, uprooting trees, cutting power to hundreds of thousands, closing schools and flooding parts of major commuter arteries that run along Lake Erie.
"At least 250,000 homes and businesses in Ohio — the majority in the Cleveland area — were still without power by early afternoon. Scattered outages reached down into central and eastern Ohio, with some in the southern part of the state. Utilities said it could be days before it's fully restored."