The presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have canceled Colorado events, including Paul Ryan's scheduled visit to Greeley today, due to Hurricane Sandy.
A news release from the Romney campaign stated that events scheduled for Romney and Ryan were being canceled "out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy."
Ryan was scheduled to make a stop in Greeley today at the Island Grove Events Center, 425 N. 15th Ave. He was also scheduled to visit Castle Rock and Canon City.
Obama was scheduled to campaign in Colorado Springs today, but he is at the White House monitoring the damage from the hurricane. Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to campaign for Obama in Aurora and Denver today.
Weld County Republican Chairwoman Karen Pelzer said the party is disappointed that Ryan won't be in Greeley.
"We had quite the event planned. The sign-ups were awesome, so we were going to have a huge event in Weld County," Pelzer said. "We were definitely prepared, and we definitely had a lot of people ready to come and support the rally."
However, Pelzer understands why Ryan's visit was canceled.
"It totally makes sense. You've got to, at some point, put politics aside and recognize that we need to focus our efforts on those who are in harm's way," Pelzer said. "I don't fault them. I think it was a wise decision."
Pelzer said she thinks there is a chance that Ryan's visit to Greeley will be rescheduled before Election Day.
"I think they're just madly trying to work through schedules again," she said. "We're waiting to hear."
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