Posted by Turlough Delaney on November 6, 2012Hours before the polls opened in the US presidential election today, Hurricane Sandy is still having a major impact on the outcome, after the superstorm threw its support behind Barack Obama.
The Category 1 tropical storm outlined in a press release today how the Republican challenger’s “consistent failure” to back climate change measures have left it no choice but to endorse the president.
Sandy praised Mr Obama for “having made some progress” towards tackling climate change.
“We need a leader who is willing to at least acknowledge the threat of global warming and climate change, so measures can be put in place to prevent the kind of damge that I wrought last week.”
The hurricane combined its endorsement with withering critque of Mr Romney, whom it said had supported moves against global warming in the past but had since reversed his position “in a cynical attempt to gain the Republican nomination.”
In a moving passage, Sandy said that Mr Romney had previously taken “sensible positions” on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and healthcare, “but had abandoned them all in his quest to make Bible-thumping hillbillies vote for him.”
In response, Republicans have accused Sandy of cynicism itself – particularly in the timing of its destruction of the East Coast, claiming it was carefully designed to bring the most advantage to Mr Obama’s reelection campaign.
Last weekend, businessman and Republican nominee Donald Trump forced the superstorm to release paperwork proving it was in fact a registered Democrat, by offering to donate $5m dollars to the hurricane relief campaign if it did.
Under media pressure, Sandy finally made the relevant documents public on Sunday but so far Mr Trump has failed to donate any money.
Speculation remains rife that the Hurricane intends to throw its name into the hat for New York’s next mayoral campaign in twelve months time. However today’s press release makes no mention of the matter.
The statement concludes with Sandy saying that if Mr Romney were to win the election it would “leave the US permanently and move to Cuba.”