What kind of political leadership is needed during national disasters?

- President Donald Trump’s visit to storm-ravaged Texas on Tuesday follows a long tradition of commanders-in-chief becoming comforters-in-chief. While massive rescue and recovery operations get underway, there will be the inevitable question of how to pay for what could be a $50 billion rebuilding effort.

On Tuesday’s “The Final 5,” Jim Lokay was joined by Chris Wilson of CWA Intelligence, a polling and analytics firm. Wilson, who headed research and digital efforts for Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential race, talked about the qualities of leadership that the millions of affected Texans would like to see in the aftermath of Harvey.

Wilson also responded to criticism that some have leveled against Republican lawmakers who opposed funding measures to Superstorm Sandy recovery back in 2012. Cruz, along with fellow Texas Sen. John Cornyn, cited a large amount of non-emergency spending included in those bills. Many GOP colleagues in Congress, along with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, lambasted the opposition.

Now that Sens. Cruz and Cornyn are seeking funding for their state, what has changed? And is the federal government the best steward to oversee these rebuilding efforts?

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