Surrogate Re-Hashes Romney’s Rising Seas Joke: ‘Ask Mayor Bloomberg’ About The Rise Of The Oceans

Since Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, causing upwards of $50 billion in economic losses and taking dozens of lives, climate change advocates have used every chance they can get to remind Mitt Romney about his joke mocking Obama’s pledge to “slow the rise of the oceans.” It’s put Romney in an uncomfortable spot at campaign rallies in the last few days, as voters have interrupted rallies or asked him direct questions about his now infamous climate punch line.

But Former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis apparently didn’t get the memo to stop telling the joke in the wake of the storm. Speaking at a large Republican rally this weekend, Davis attempted to repeat Romney’s mocking comments. He changed them to reflect a post-Sandy context, directly mentioning New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who’s city was ravaged by the Superstorm and who has used the storm to talk about climate change:

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

Watch it:

Hurricane Sandy has opened a door for discussion of climate change in the final days of the campaign. Last week, as Mayor Bloomberg surveyed the damage to his city, he endorsed President Obama — citing climate change as the top reason.

“One [candidate] sees climate change as an urgent problem that threatens our planet; one does not. I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics,” said Bloomberg in a statement.

For many Americans, Sandy has highlighted the relationship between a warming planet and intensifying extreme weather. For others, it’s provided more fodder for jokes mocking the problem.

4 Responses to Surrogate Re-Hashes Romney’s Rising Seas Joke: ‘Ask Mayor Bloomberg’ About The Rise Of The Oceans

  1. Victoria Lamb says:


  2. Don B says:

    Global Warming is important to the Republicans, but not as important as their most sacred principle: the Quarterly Dividend.

  3. Jacob says:


    That people would vote for anyone who denies (and mocks) science is frightening.

  4. Paul Magnus says:

    May is not the right word…

    Sandy May Leave Toxic Legacy : Discovery News
    Hurricane Sandy may have washed high levels of hazardous pollutants from cities and farms into waterways.

    Climate Portals Can you imagine what is in store for nuke pollution when the high seas start to devaste these power plants on the coast.

    Our inland water is also threatened more than we think by nuclear waste from flood accidents….