Hurricane Sandy Forces Obama, Romney To Cancel Campaign Events
Both campaigns have rescheduled their campaign events planned in Virginia this weekend, with Romney joining Paul Ryan’s bus tour of Ohio on Sunday and Vice President Biden cancelling his campaign Saturday in Virginia Beach, Reuters reported.
If the storm dominates the news for several days, it may be difficult for either candidate to break through with a new rallying cry in the campaign’s final week, the New York Daily News reported.
In addition, millions of dollars in pre-paid television advertisements will also go unseen should voters in crucial swing states lose power due to the storm, the Chicago Tribune reported.
For President Obama, his campaign faces another challenge: how to balance campaigning in the middle of what could be one of the biggest storms to hit the mid-Atlantic in years, The New York Times reported.
The New York Times:
“It is a delicate balance, made more so by the fact that some of the swing states necessary to Mr. Obama’s re-election hopes — Virginia, Ohio, New Hampshire — are in the storm’s projected path.”
The Chicago Tribune pointed out that Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, was hit hard by his administration's handling of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005.
For its part, the White House stressed that the President’s priority was the storm and the administration would be prepared to respond to a potential disaster, the New York Daily News reported.
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