That's what a President Romney thinks about people who lose everything due to fire, flood, earthquake or a really nasty, once every 100 years storm. Let me put an exclamation point on that by quoting him directly (transcript via ThinkProgress)
Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better. [...] We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.
Shorter Mitt: Turn natural disasters into a profit center.
Keep this in mind as governors in red and blue states alike declare states of emergency in anticipation of the coming storms. Keep it in mind when you hear Mitt pay earnest lip service to helping those people get back on their feet. Keep it in mind, because he will do it. It's another form of Romnesia, intended to play to people who will be fooled into thinking Romney is some kind of centrist.
He is not, and has never been a centrist. His 2008 organization morphed into the "severely conservative" people who stirred up the astroturf grassroots and set conservatives' hair on fire. So he will now posture and forget what he said in that debate, but people should not let him forget.
Privatizing disaster services. What a concept. Because that way insurance companies and private industry can do the double dip on ordinary people suffering extraordinary loss.
Behold the Real Romney.
Update: I went back this morning to hunt down some more Romney on FEMA clips and posts here on the site. Let's take a walk into the recent past: