By Justin Sink
Stevens did say that he did not blame New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who openly embraced Obama in the days following the storm and hailed the president's response. Simply, Stevens said, the conversation shifted to coverage of the storm.
Stevens has been aggressively defending his campaign's performance in recent weeks, penning an op-ed last week praising Romney and warning the GOP of "a shortage of loyalty and an abundance of self-loathing."
"He raised more money for the Republican Party than the Republican Party did," Stevens wrote. "He trounced Barack ObamaBarack ObamaObamas welcome Olympians to White House Overnight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform Obama pushes to end solitary confinement; states led the way. MORE in debate. He defended the free-enterprise system and, more than any figure in recent history, drew attention to the moral case for free enterprise and conservative economics."