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Romney surrogate jokes about rising seas and New York City

November 02, 2012|By Seema Mehta
  • Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, shown speaking during the Republican National Convention, made a joke about rising sea levels at a Republican rally in Ohio
Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, shown speaking during the Republican National… (Brian Cassella / Chicago…)

WEST CHESTER, Ohio — Most of the top surrogates for Mitt Romney who appeared at a massive rally Friday night expressed compassion for the victims of Hurricane Sandy and urged the crowd to keep them in  thoughts and prayers.

There was one exception: former Alabama congressman Artur Davis, a former Democrat and former Obama supporter, who joked about rising sea levels.

“Now four years ago, ladies and gentleman, the president sounded so good. Remember the rise of the oceans, which began to slow, the planet would began to heal,” Davis said. “Now I don’t know about the oceans; ask Mayor Bloomberg and Al Gore about that.”

Bloomberg is mayor of New York, which was just slammed by the super storm and remains partly submerged. The storm killed dozens. Bloomberg on Thursday endorsed Obama because of his stance on climate change.

Bloomberg wrote that the climate is changing, "And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be -- given this week's devastation -- should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action," he wrote in Bloomberg View, which is part of Bloomberg News.

seema.mehta@latimes.com

@LATSeema

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