Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) shocked CNN’s Christine Romans Wednesday with his response to Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s suggestion that FEMA wasn’t necessary for responding to natural disasters.

“I think he’s an idiot,” Malloy stated.

“That’s blunt,” Romans replied, laughing. “That’s quite blunt.”

Malloy continued: “We’re spending $900 million a week in wars, and he is arguing about whether we should spend some amount of money? FEMA now has currently $900 million budget available to it. This is a ridiculous conversation. Really don’t understand what he’s talking about, and I’m not sure he does.

“The reality is that this storm was handled in such a way that we have preserved hundreds of lives, without this warning system, without this system of response. We would not be standing here with as few people who have died in this massive storm that stretches from North Carolina through Quebec.”

The governor has asked residents to immediately report any damage in an effort to secure federal funding.

Watch this video from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast Aug. 31, 2011.

(H/T: The Connecticut News Project, Crooks and Liars)