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Sen. Coburn: Tornado Recovery Not Federal Government’s Responsibility

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In an appearance on CBS’s Face The Nation Sunday, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn said he was standing by his position that recovery efforts for major disasters should be handled at the local level and not by the federal government.

“We've kind of transferred the responsibility for storms and damage to the federal government instead of to the state government,” Coburn said. Coburn has come under fire in the past over for his stance that any federal disaster aid must be offset by other budget cuts, a position that he is maintaining even after the EF5 tornado struck Moore, Okla. last week.

“We’ve created kind of a predicate that you don’t have to be responsible for what goes on in your state,” he continued.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer, also appearing on Face The Nation, disagrees.

“When the hand of God strikes in a very serious way, the localities can't handle it by themselves,” he said, “Americans band together and say, 'we're going to help the afflicted area.'”

Oklahoma’s governor, Mary Fallin, also stressed the need for federal aid.

“This is a massive debris field,” she said. “It's not just a couple of blocks. It's miles. It's 17 miles long. Almost a mile and a half wide.”

Fallin told Face the Nation her first request of the president, who is visiting Moore Sunday afternoon, will be to ensure that money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency keeps flowing to those in need.

“We know at different times in the past, money hasn't always come as quickly as it should, so I'm hoping that FEMA will be very prompt to get the relief here,” Fallin said.

The governor also said that the building of more "safe rooms" for use during tornadoes is a conversation that school officials need to have. The tornado in Moore killed 24 people, including several children when it flattened an elementary school. Fallin said many schools across the state were already looking into building safe rooms.

“Many of them have rebuilt rooms of some sort as a safe room in their school, and we're certainly going to encourage that, but I do think it's important to have a very vigorous discussion as to what can we do.”

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Republican Governors’ Message To Mitt Romney: Don’t Let Obama Lead You Down The ‘Rabbit Hole’

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages(WILLIAMSBURG, Va.) — Fresh off his win in Wisconsin’s divisive recall election, GOP Gov. Scott Walker was full of advice for Mitt Romney.

“We had significant swing votes — independents, even some discerning Democrats voting for me because they like someone who was willing to take on the tough issues facing our state,” Walker said. “I think those same sorts of voters are voters that Governor Romney at least has a shot with.”

But Walker, who was among the dozens of governors who gathered at this weekend’s National Governors Association Conference in central Virginia, warned that a win in his Midwestern battleground would not be a slam dunk for Romney.

“Coming into Wisconsin, coming into Iowa, coming into other states like that, for him to do well the ‘R’ next to his name has to stand more than just for ‘Republican’ — it has to stand for reformer,” Walker said, adding: “If people view him as a reformer, willing to take on both the economic and fiscal crisis our nation faces, I think voters in swing states like Wisconsin will listen.”

When asked why voters in his state do not already view Romney as a reformer, Walker told reporters: “I think they don’t see a lot right now. I think they need to see more of him.”

“They’d also like to hear what he’s going to do to tackle the fiscal crisis our country’s facing,” the Wisconsin Republican said. “The more times he comes to Wisconsin, the more times he comes to swing states like ours and lays that message out the better off we’ll be.”

Walker was one of several Republican governors who dispensed advice for his party’s presidential standard-bearer this weekend. He encouraged Romney to “be most aggressive about” pointing out that President Obama “doesn’t have a record to run on.”

“If I’m Governor Romney,” Walker said, “I keep coming back to saying, ‘Mr. President, defend your record and lay out what you’re going to do for the future’ and keep coming back to what I think most people want to hear, which is, what are you going to do?”

But after a week when the vitriol of the presidential race spiked as both sides accused the other of peddling lies and distortions, another swing-state governor, Virginia’s Bob McDonnell, cautioned Romney not to let the Obama campaign set the terms of the debate.

“Mitt Romney can’t — he’s not going to — respond to every single lame attack that the Obama administration makes,” McDonnell said in interview with ABC News. “If he starts to run down every rabbit hole the Obama administration wants to take him, we’re going to be off the message.”

McDonnell, whose state is likely to see some of the most intense trench warfare of the campaign, predicted that “voters are going to vote — especially the independents – -they’re going to vote on jobs, on spending, on energy and leadership.”

In May, McDonnell conceded that Obama’s team had a better campaign infrastructure in place in Virginia than Romney.

“The ground game’s not there yet,” McDonnell said in an editorial board meeting with the Washington Examiner.

Two months later, McDonnell, who runs a state that then candidate Barack Obama won by about six percentage points four years ago, said he’s seen a vast improvement.

“We’re there,” McDonnell said of the Romney campaign’s organization in Virginia. “Mitt Romney’s personally made a commitment to come to Virginia on multiple occasions. You’ve seen him here on regular occasions. We’ve got great surrogates that are out there speaking for him, so we will not be outmatched on the ground or on the air.”

But in the part of the state where this weekend’s gathering of governors took place, television ads from both sides were already blanketing the airwaves. In new ads, the Obama campaign has been turning up the volume on their attacks on Romney’s record at Bain Capital as well as his offshore investments.

“All these attacks by the president and his campaign really, I think, speak volumes to the lack of leadership on the part of Obama,” Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said in an interview. ”I guess that is what I find amazing.”

In his state — another important battleground — Branstad said the Romney campaign was “doing really well considering the fact that Obama carried Iowa by a pretty substantial margin last time. The polls show they’re basically dead even.”

But at least one Republican governor expressed concern that Romney needed to do more to avoid the “distractions” caused by his opponent’s calls for him to release additional years of his tax returns.

In comments that drew instant attention, Gov. Robert Bentley, R-Ala., said on Saturday that Romney would be wise to “get them out and just get past that.”

“They’re doing everything they can to hurt Governor Romney and tax returns will be one of those things,” Bentley told ABC News. “So the best thing to do is just get everything out in the open and just say, ‘hey I have nothing to hide and I’m going to release my tax returns.’”

Branstad disagreed: “You’ll never quiet those people that are attacking,” he said.

So did Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who has emerged as one of country’s most controversial governors for her advocacy of the state’s tough immigration law.

“I think this is just a distraction that the Obama campaign is throwing out there,” she said. “I think Governor Romney has proven his worth. He is honest and he is upright and he has been successful.”

Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., also dismissed this week’s attacks from the Obama campaign as “negative petty stuff” and advised Romney to offer voters “reassurance that he’s got the leadership talent” to be the next president.

“Campaigns can be very negative and ugly,” Fallin said in an interview with ABC News, and the key for Romney, she said, is “keeping focused on the main thing and that is families, their pocketbooks, economic issues.”

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GOP Address: Okla. Gov. Says Energy Crisis Stems from Lack of Leadership

United States Congress(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin tears into the president's energy policies in this week's Republican address, accusing President Obama of hypocrisy and double-talk that is "dangerous to our economy and our national security."

Fallin says the energy resources in the U.S. are "enormous" and could generate jobs, but that Americans are "finding fewer jobs, higher gas prices and less opportunity" due to lack of leadership.

"Let's be clear -- the energy crisis we are facing today isn't a lack of energy resources; it's a lack of leadership.  That starts at the top, with our President," she says in the address.

Gov. Fallin criticizes President Obama and Democrats in Washington, D.C., "who seem to view American-made energy as a hazardous waste rather than a resource."  She says that it surprised Oklahoma Republicans during the president's last visit to the state, when Obama claimed he supports an all-of-the-above energy strategy.  

"Well, this is the same President whose party pushed a 'cap and trade' plan that would dramatically raise taxes on energy producers," Fallin argues, adding, "Those tax increases would discourage energy production, drive up gas prices and utility costs for American families and destroy thousands of jobs."

Fallin also takes issue with the president "taking credit" for the Southern leg of the Keystone oil pipeline as well as the national increase in domestic drilling. She claims the southern leg of the Keystone pipeline would have proceeded with or without the president's approval. "It was already in the works," says Fallin.  While domestic drilling has increased, she says, it is no thanks to President Obama, but we have the "American men and women in the private sector to thank for that." On the other hand, Gov. Fallin blames Obama for regulations responsive for the rapid decrease of drilling on public land, where "leases issued by the Bureau of Land Management are now less than half of what they were under former President Clinton."

"The bottom line is this administration is taking credit for American energy production while it works to aggressively undermine it," Fallin says.

Meanwhile, Gov. Fallin says Republicans are supporting domestic energy production and the jobs that come with it.

"The American people deserve an energy policy that creates a stronger economy, more jobs and opportunity, and the security that comes with American Energy independence.  We're working hard to give them one," she says.

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ABC News: Oklahoma Elects First Female Governor

Photo Courtesy - MaryFallin[dot]org(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- In an historic election where two women faced off for the governor's seat in Oklahoma for the first time, ABC News is projecting that Republican candidate Rep. Mary Fallin will defeat Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, based on exit polls.

Having a female opponent didn't stop Fallin from taking a few jabs at her challenger over women's issues towards the end of the campaign. At a debate in October, Fallin said, "I think my experience is one of the things that sets me apart as a candidate for governor. First of all, being a mother, having children, raising a family."

Askins, a former judge who has never been married or had children, later defended herself on ABC's Good Morning America, saying neither marriage nor parenting experience should be a prerequisite for being governor.

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Okla. Gov's Race Debate: Unmarried Women Fit for Office?

Lt. Gov. Jari Askins (L) and U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin. Photos Courtesy - Office of Lt. Gov. Jari Askins / Fallin for Governor 2010(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Women are poised to make history in Oklahoma next week, when the state will elect its first female governor. And in the final stretch of the campaign between Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and Republican U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, the experience of motherhood has emerged as a contentious debating point.

"I think my experience is one of the things that sets me apart as a candidate for governor. First of all, being a mother, having children, raising a family," Fallin, 55, said at a debate last week.

Askins, 57, a former judge who has never been married or had children, says neither marriage nor parenting experience should matter.

"You know, in Oklahoma, all of our governors have been men. So none of them have been mothers," she told ABC News on Tuesday. "I think most of them have done a pretty good job so I don't think that's a criteria."

Fallin and Askins are vying to succeed outgoing Democratic Gov. Brad Henry, who is term-limited. Their race is only the third time in U.S. history two women have gone head-to-head for a state's top job. The New Mexico gubernatorial race this year is the fourth.

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