More campaign plans dashed as storm approaches
October 29th, 2012
08:22 AM ET
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More campaign plans dashed as storm approaches

UPDATE 4:38 p.m. Monday: Vice President Joe Biden's Tuesday events in Ohio and Thursday event in Scranton, Pennsylvania have been canceled, his office said, out of "an abundance of caution to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focused on ensuring the safety of people who might be impacted by the storm."

UPDATE 11:59 a.m. Monday: Romney's communications director Gail Gitcho said the GOP nominee would cancel his event in Wisconsin Monday, and running mate Paul Ryan would cancel events in Florida.

"We are also canceling all events currently schedule for both Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan on Tuesday," Gitcho wrote. "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."

UPDATE 9:53 a.m. Monday: Obama scrapped his remaining Tuesday campaign schedule as well, Carney announced. Obama was scheduled to stump in Green Bay, Wisconsin. "As he said at FEMA HQ yesterday, the President has instructed his team to make sure that needed federal resources are in place to support state and local recovery efforts," Carney said.

UPDATE 7:05 a.m. Monday: Carney said Monday that Obama would return to Washington instead of attending the campaign rally in Orlando. "Due to deteriorating weather conditions in the Washington area, the President will not attend today's campaign event in Orlando," Carney wrote. "The President will return to the White House to monitor the preparations for and early response to Hurricane Sandy."

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has scrapped his plans to campaign in Ohio on Monday as a severe storm roars up the U.S East Coast, his press secretary Jay Carney said in a Sunday evening statement.

"Tomorrow, the President will return to the White House following his event in Orlando, FL, to monitor Hurricane Sandy, which is currently forecast to make landfall along the Eastern seaboard later tomorrow," Carney wrote. "The event in Youngstown, OH, will move forward with President Clinton and include Vice President Biden."

The cancellation is the latest shift to the the president and Mitt Romney's campaign schedules in the final week of stumping before Election Day.
On Saturday, Obama’s campaign canceled another Monday event in Virginia, as well as a Tuesday morning event in Colorado. 
Romney canceled his Sunday plans to campaign in Virginia, which is in the storm’s path, and instead joined his running mate Paul Ryan for events in Ohio.  The GOP presidential nominee is scheduled to campaign in Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin on Monday, then in Ohio on Tuesday. A Romney campaign stop scheduled for Tuesday in New Hampshire was canceled late Sunday afternoon, the campaign announced in an e-mail.

Hurricane Sandy pelted parts of the Atlantic coastline and is expected to slowly move northward as the week begins.  The Category 1 hurricane had sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and gusts of up to 90 mph. 
Several governors have declared states of emergency and put their National Guard on standby. 
On Sunday, politicos from both sides said it was still too early to tell how the storm would affect the race for the White House, but that access to voting centers would be a concern if effects from the storm persist until Election Day.
Obama said Sunday after meeting with federal, state, and local emergency management officials that those in the storm’s path “need to take this seriously,” adding he is "confident that the resources are in place."

 - CNN’s Kevin Liptak, and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report. 

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Harry Collier

    Please show entire video of President Obama's storm preparedness warnings

    October 28, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Denny

    If Obama tries to use this storm as a reason to cancel the election, we need to take to the streets.

    October 28, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Ramon

    Who is the one that may provide federal help to the Sates immediately? Who is the one that want to prevent a second negligence Katrina? The answer OBAMA 2012. Mr. Romney has no Constitutional authority to do so.

    October 28, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Ramon

    IF this Nation had had a solid civic Education, Mr Romney cannot go even to local election

    October 28, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. sittingduck

    First the convention and now the "final days". Maybe the Republicans will get the 2nd message from God. And you thought He was on your side.

    October 28, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. cbr

    This may be a good thing. Now if only these dreadful ads would stop. The smearing of candidates plus the lies and half truths are outrageous. These are adults behaving badly.

    It is just too bad that the media has not done its job. No one is willing to stand up to these PACS or campaigns to tell them they are wrong. Ex=Governor Sununu has made statements that would not be allowed in any history class in this state. We do not condone racism and he has clearly crossed the line.

    Donald Trump made pronouncements last week. He has gone on a toot again and he clearly has his supporters but he did not have any proof. When we will learn to ignore him.

    Clearly this is a sad time in the United States of America. We have made a mockery of the election process by allowing these third party PACS to exist and to have donors who never have to be identified. What cowards!

    October 28, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    No doubt, mitts' attack dogs are working overtime to find the best ways to spin this event against Obama. When you got no plan, attack.

    October 28, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  8. confused

    Obama is not ducking out to monitor the storm, he is hiding from having to answer questons about Lybia!!! Go to fox news and get the real story, the only news station flying the American flag out front of their office building, the rest are cowards. Why was he not as concerned about our men in Lybia as he is about a storm??? Stupid, any soldier still voting for him is a fool. He already killed some of our could be on his next agenda.

    October 28, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. Morning1Su,

    How would you like that deceitful Mitt Romney in the White House right now with a hurrican looming? No way folks. I would rather have or President, Barack Obama at the wheel. He is steady and ready to take on any challenges that will come our way. It can me Mother Nature or an attack from terrorists, President Obama is trustworthy, steady hands and intelligent enough to make the right decisions. America why trust a man with a bad track record and no experience in Foreign Policy? All he has going for him is bank accounts that are unaccountable, worth billions of other peoples money. He has no conscience is stealing ideas and polices of our President and labeling as his own. Don't be fooled by his empty promises and fake smiles. Mitt Romney would run you over if you got in is way. Even Mother Nature can't stand his lousy speeches. Can't wait for President Obama's landslide. That would shut his big mouth. We love you President Obama. We know your are fighting for us, mixed race and all.

    October 28, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. JimB

    Why isn't CNN mentioning that during one of the GOP debates in which John King moderated Mitt Romney stated that FEMA should be sent back to the States and even be privitized?. Can you imagine who would coordinate all these States if there was no FEMA leadership? No federal leadership? States fighting amongst themselves? Really, no FEMA?

    October 29, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  11. Thomas

    We could postpone the election ?

    Give Romney some more time to flip flop and Ryan to make thing up.

    October 29, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  12. Morning1Su,

    Watch Mitt Romney. While people are worried about their loved ones, friends and coworkers, he will be thinking about himself and his campaign. He will be trying to find something wrong with President Obama's handling of the emergency and saying dishonest and hurtful lies. Mitt Romney is so corrupt I cannot imagine how people can believe in his lousy speeches. How a person can say the most dishonest things over and over again. You either got to be purely evil or dellusional. He scrutinizes everything the President Obama says, and continues to brainwash the American people. America Mother Nature is angry. We pray that you see MItt Romney for what he is. You don't get super wealthy without stumping on people who are in your way to the top. When you are greedy and dishonest you have no feeling for the poor and middle class. You wish for us to get out of your way. America please pick the better man, President Barack Obama. Compare sure and steady to greedy and dellusional.

    October 29, 2012 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  13. Morning1Su,

    Mitt Romney will not transfer his campaign, he will just move to safer ground then trash the President. Dirty politics ishis game. Hide from the real action and lies about the hero. Typical coward. It is very unfair, the President has to be Commander and Chief in a disaster, and his opponent sits back and scrutinize his actions, then fills in all lies he can drum up and tries to brainwash the innocent Americans with trash talk. No wonder forces of Nature is angry. Too much corruption in a country that is suppose to be the leader of free world. Imagine a President who is heartless and greedy. Pretty scary, like this super storm. Americans when you vote think very hard on who has your best interest at heart. Striving for more money that you need to live can be a man's worst evil, especially when others get hurt and cheated on. God bless you and Americans stay safe. We thank God for our loved ones, and President Obama.

    October 29, 2012 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  14. Republican supporter of President Obama

    I am waiting to see the posts blaming our presidents policies for the hurricane or that he was too slow to act.

    October 29, 2012 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  15. nina

    and that is what a president does! people & safety first!
    and romney continues to campaign in ohio with ryan – also to the media, saw a clip from mccain last night basically accusing the administration of either a cover-up or incompetence re bengazi...really? isn't that like the pot calling the kettle black since mccain was right up front & centre for the war in iraq....for WMD...the ones later found to be non-existant. media....why don't you call these people out when they are clearly hypocrits who actually caused more damage and cost more lives than any one could have imagined with that war....that goes for all republicans who supported that war – none of which served in it themselves nor sent their own how quick pple are to forget. and i would think the media's job would be to call pple out rather than let them say whatever they want without any balance from the other side, which this election i am seeing gross bias towards the rebuplicans, esp since mitt has changed is stance on every issue. also,,,,1 interview with mitt for almost the entire campaign, won't talk to the media, really? you want a pres like that who avoids questions? oh well, once this election is bought (as most know it is gonna be by the repubs) all you who voted for mitt.....are gonna be sooorrrry!!!! no health coverage, jobs gone, more taxes etc etc etc

    October 29, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  16. 2012liberal

    Remember ppl when spending cuts r put on the line NOAA will b on chopping block. Dont 4get cantor comment, then 2 months l8r virgina got an earthquake.

    October 29, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Here in the DC Metro area tha encompasses Maryland and Virginia as well as the Disitrict, they have shut down the Metro AND bus services. No one that I have spoken to has any recollection of THAT ever happenning in anticipation of a weather event.
    This Sandy is NO joke.
    Stay safe everyone.

    October 29, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  18. XXXX

    Sandy has come as a big test to Romney. He can not preach of bringing people to work together (if elected president), while he can not now ask what can he help when Sandy is putting lives of people at a stand still. People buy actions and not words. If Romney can not come out now to help, he will never do so once (god forbid) he is the president. It is just only talks. We all understand that a friend in need is always a friend in deed!

    October 29, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |