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Romney Campaign Shift Into Storm Relief Mode

Oct. 30, 2012

Mitt Romney's campaign team was to spend Tuesday collecting supplies for storm relief efforts as hurricane Sandy forced a halt to campaigning by both the Republican presidential candidate and incumbent Barack Obama just a week ahead of the U.S. elections.

President Obama was expected to turn his attention to managing disaster efforts and coordinating with governors in New York, New Jersey and other states across an area the size of France.

The political calculus was slightly more difficult for Romney, who has devoted his efforts full-time to campaigning for months and has no official duties to discharge related to the storm. However, he could not risk being seen as insensitive by hitting the campaign trail while Americans endure severe storm damage, analysts noted.

Both Romney and Obama had called off events, as had their vice presidential candidates, Paul Ryan and Joe Biden.

Romney was to attend a gathering in the key swing state of Ohio billed as a "storm relief event, while his wife Ann Romney and Ryan were to collect supplies for those impacted by the storm when they visited Wisconsin and Iowa.

Obama said his focus remained on disaster relief, not the election. Though he was not campaigning, former president Bill Clinton was continuing to hold rallies in support of Obama far from the storm-impacted region.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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