Romney cancels Monday evening and Tuesday campaign events
October 29th, 2012
12:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Romney cancels Monday evening and Tuesday campaign events

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign canceled the Republican presidential nominee's event Monday night in Wisconsin out of sensitivity for Americans being pummeled by rain and wind from Hurricane Sandy.

The campaign also announced that Rep. Paul Ryan's events in Melbourne and Lakeland, Florida are also being canceled, and both candidates' events for Tuesday are also being scrubbed.

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"Out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy, we are canceling tonight's events with Governor Romney in Wisconsin and Congressman Ryan in Melbourne and Lakeland, Florida," said Romney Communications Director Gail Gitcho in a statement sent to reporters just before noon ET on Monday.

"We are also canceling all events currently schedule for both Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan on Tuesday," Gitcho continued. "Governor Romney believes this is a time for the nation and its leaders to come together to focus on those Americans who are in harms way. We will provide additional details regarding Governor Romney's and Congressman Ryan's schedule when they are available,"

Romney did hold an event in Avon Lake, Ohio, Monday morning and was still scheduled to campaign in Davenport, Iowa, later in the day.

At the Ohio event Romney asked supporters to consider making a contribution to a relief agency.

"We've faced these kind of challenges before and as we have it's interesting to see Americans come together, and this looks like another time when we need to come together all across the country, even here in Ohio, and make sure that we give our support to the people who need it," said Romney.

"We're counting on Ohio. I know the people of the Atlantic coast are counting on Ohio and the rest of our states," Romney continued. "I also think the people of the entire nation are counting on Ohio. Because my guess is that if Ohio votes me in as president, I'll be the next president of the United States."

President Barack Obama woke up in Florida early Monday, but quickly flew back to Washington, D.C., to monitor federal emergency response preparations for the hurricane.

"The President will return to the White House to monitor the preparations for and early response to Hurricane Sandy," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Carney also announced that the president was canceling his Tuesday campaign visit to Wisconsin.

Former President Bill Clinton, who was accompanying Obama at the Orlando event, was set to headline the rally. The former president is also scheduled to team up with Vice President Joe Biden at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio Monday afternoon. The president had originally planned to take part in the Ohio event before canceling this weekend.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (27 Responses)

    Out of sensitivity? Give me a break. This reminds me of McCain suspending his campaign in lieu of the financial crisis. What does Willard think he can do? Is he going to spray the entire east coast with anti rain fairy dust? This guy panders to any audience.

    October 29, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. SaintM

    This is only because he wants to look presidential, however, seeing that he is umemployed and does not hold official office, the only thing he can do is fill sand bags, etc. He cannot order FEMA to mobilize or the national guard. This is all eye wash for Romney, since he cannot take an official role in this, he is just grandstanding to get more votes before the election. You can bet that he would never dirty his hands or his clothes to help someone out.

    What a panderous fool he is to think we don't know the difference between what he is vs. what he wants us to believe he is.

    October 29, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    How much cash greased the palms of the editors of the Iowa newspaper? no one will ever know.

    How much cash greased Franklin Graham's palms to scrub his father's website – Billy believed thru age 94 that Mormonism was a cult - then all of a sudden Mitt makes a "personal" visit and the old feeble man changed his mind? Follow the money. I'll bet you one month's pay he gave Frankln enough to keep him in drugs for the rest of his addicted life.

    October 29, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. John

    Romney's first day in office

    ....GREED IS GOOD.............Let's renew Bush tax cuts for the upper 2% and tack on another 20% cut for the rich
    ....BEING WORKING POOR IS BAD........Veto Obamacare, and 20 million of you suckers become un-insured overnight
    ...ENVIRONMENT...............Pollute all you want, it doesn't matter any more!
    ...EDUCATION...................Great idea, if you have the roMONEY to afford it!
    ...NATIONAL SECURITY....Russia, Syria, Lybia, Egypt, Iran, and China are all enemies, so let's start treating them bad

    October 29, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. nina

    just watched part of mitt's live event in ohio.....still campaigning, saying he has a 5 point plan but with no specifics....talking about boy scouts and a flag that was on the challenger that blew up....asking ohio students to elect him as president without any mention of the auto bailout....and comparing this hurricane to many hurricanes around the country over the past 4 years? really? politizing an enormous what may be tragic event to help himself get elected?
    he hasn't stopped campaigning so i wish the media would be honest....obama has cancelled his schedule.....romney has not, lets report the facts straight!!!

    October 29, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. SaintM

    John, nice list, but don't trouble yourself about it anymore. Mitt won't get in, and the world will breath a sigh of relief.

    October 29, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. gt

    romney is already way ahead in need to work here...

    October 29, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. justamaz

    Funny that Obama didn't cancel his campaigning to Vegas the next day after a deadly terrrorist attack in Libya. There is nothing sensitive about that arrogant guy.

    October 29, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. jucent

    Romney – another Bush, yet the same Jack-Pudding, liar and warmonger 😦 …

    October 29, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    People in the eye of the storm, please stay safe because Romney will use your unfortunate death for his own personal gains before you and your family can grieve or even before a burial. Romney has no soul and like some of his own fellow Republicans have said when they campaigned with him "Romney will do and say anything" and he's a "liar".

    October 29, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. shir

    I wish Romney would lease air time and say what Robert Kennedy once said. "I'm not running for a big office, I have one. I'm not running for the money, I have plenty. I'm just running because I want to be a good President and get the country back on track again."

    October 29, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. jinx88

    @ gt – you must be looking at a October 24th poll, take a look at today's polls. Obama is either tied or leading in Florida.

    October 29, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Doug

    So in the all important state of Ohio he still campaigns while Obama flies back to DC to monitor the situation. But he cancels events in states that aren't considered that important like Iowa and Wisconsin? Not really seeing the sacrifice here, and how this is out of sensitivity to the Americans effected.

    October 29, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. 1twinsfan

    Just look at the diversity in that crowd! Both under and over 40. Way to go Mitt.

    October 29, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Gotta Be Kiddin


    romney is already way ahead in need to work here...

    You do know that during the primaries Romney said he would get rid of FEMA (see CNN article – John King was the debate moderator) and turn it over to the states. How do you think that will work for you during hurricane season?

    October 29, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Frank

    Mitt Romney is NOT president. Romney cannot do ANYTHING. He is just doing this so people will see that he "cares". But it is not like it's going to make a difference because theres is nothing he can do. He doesn't even have a job at the moment. He is NOT a governor either. What is he going to do, talk on the phone to news channels?

    Obama is already taking care of everything and trust me, Obama knows everyone is watching him, so he will make sure that that he takes care 100% of this storm in the best way any president ever could.

    Plus, Obama is ahead and will win in Wisconsin, and those national in Florida do not include Latinos. If they did, you can add ABOUT 5% more than what you see.

    Same thing happened to Sen. Harry Reid in Nevada. Reid was behind 4% in polls to Sharron Angle right before the election day. Then after the race, Reid won by a whopping 10%. Thats because Nevada is congested with Latinos. And those polls only take surveys of English speaking people only. So with the latinos that do NOT speak english, the Latino's polls take their surveys.

    The national poll of latino only taken by the spanish companies, have Obama at 70-25.. With calculations, you can add about 4% to the national polls. Obama will win this.

    But Romney is trying to act like he cares as if theres something he can do. Obama is the President, I wonder if he knows that. And Obama is taking care of everything. Specially before of the election, you can expect Obama to probably help hands on somewhere lol.

    October 29, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Bessy

    Remember, this is the guy who said he wants to do away with Fema. He may eat those words because there are going to be thousands of people who are going to need Fema's help when this storm is over.

    October 29, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. HunterPSU

    no time to be sensitive....if you want to be sensitive tune down the negative and just concentrate on the positive. But in it to win it means go to wisconsin.

    October 29, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Republican who supports President Obama

    It will allow him and his campaign to straighten out their lies and falsehoods.

    October 29, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Kris, NE


    you missed all the hipanics, asians and african americans. lol

    October 29, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Maybe this is the October surprise that people alway expect...

    October 29, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. simp

    LMBO!!! out of sensativity to the hurricane victims my butt....romney thinks he can look like he cares by doinig this campaign cancellations? I think not this liar is only doing it so he can say he is sensative, ask the many people who jobs he sent over seas how sensative he is. This puppet will say and do anything to get into the WH, he will only be a puppet, all the millionairs and billionairs will run this country, what a scary thought. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!

    October 29, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Terrab

    @SaintM "You can bet that he would never dirty his hands or his clothes to help someone out."

    Maybe you should do some research. Whether you like him or not there are countess stories of Romney dirtying his hands helping someone out.

    October 29, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. rosethornne

    "Out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans..."


    Romney just doesn't want to get wet. That temple undergarment chafes something awful when you're all covered in fear-sweat.

    I heard he was goingto France.

    October 29, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |

    His campaign muzzled Mitt the twit because they know that he is not qualified to be President.

    October 29, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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