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Romney curtails campaigning



Published: Tue, October 30, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa

Mitt Romney juggled politics and Hurricane Sandy’s fury Monday as he tweaked his campaign schedule and political rhetoric eight days before most voters head to the polls.

In two campaign stops in two states, the Republican presidential candidate called for President Barack Obama’s defeat in the same speeches he called for supporters to send donations to help those in the storm’s path.

“We love our fellow Americans. Wish them well!” Romney declared at a Monday afternoon rally in Davenport, nearly 1,000 miles from where Hurricane Sandy was set to make landfall along the Atlantic coast.

Romney, who also campaigned in Ohio earlier in the day, canceled an evening event in Wisconsin and rallies today across Ohio and Iowa “out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy,” according to campaign spokesman Gail Gitcho.

His campaign also mobilized campaign staff across storm-lashed Virginia to collect donations for victims, used a campaign bus to distribute supplies and called on those in the hurricane’s path to remove yard signs that could become dangerous projectiles in windy conditions. Just before his Iowa rally, Romney was briefed on the storm by officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service.

“It’s going to affect a lot of families; it already has,” he said. “And the damage will probably be significant, and of course a lot of people will be out of power for a long time. And so, hopefully, your thoughts and prayers will join with mine and people across the country as you think about those folks that are in harm’s way.”

The storm has created major headaches for both presidential candidates in the final days of a very close presidential contest.

The decision to cancel the campaign events was announced shortly after President Barack Obama decided to skip a morning rally in Florida and fly back to Washington to oversee the government’s hurricane response from the White House. Obama also canceled campaign events scheduled for today.

Aides at Romney’s campaign headquarters in Boston were scrambling to sketch out political contingency plans. In addition to postponing events, they planned to scale back criticism of Obama to avoid the perception that Romney was putting politics ahead of public safety.

The logistical strains on Romney’s campaign were immediate.

In an organization where motorcade rides, rallies and the candidate’s movements are scheduled down to the minute days before they happen, it remained unclear until about 3 p.m. Eastern time where Romney and his entourage of reporters, staffers and Secret Service agents would sleep Monday night. Reporters peppered his aides with possible swing states — Nevada? Florida? Colorado? — but received only anxious smiles until it was announced that Romney would return to Ohio to spend the night.

He was likely to appear at a local relief center in the Dayton area today, although his schedule was far from settled late Monday.

Meanwhile, Romney did not ignore politics Monday, keeping one eye on the storm and one eye on next Tuesday’s election.

“I know the people of the Atlantic Coast are counting on Ohio and the rest of our states,” he told more than 2,000 supporters in the gymnasium of Avon Lake High School in Ohio earlier Monday. “But also I 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.”


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1Ryan_Sharpe(7 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

The current administration touts job growth, but the jobs that are being created are low paying, part-time jobs. In the retail and wholesale sector, a million full-time jobs have been cut since 2006, while more than 500,000 part-time jobs (http://1.usa.gov/Riud6o) were added. Are these really the jobs you want added in Ohio?

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2David_at_Engage_America(3 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Let's make sure we get the change we need and deserve this election. The current administration touts job growth, but the jobs that are being created are low paying, part-time jobs. We need real jobs and we need real leadership. Change is needed for those things to happen.

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3fd6636(255 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Remember last summer? when in the debates Romney said it should be up to the states to care for themselves, and FEMA was not needed, cost too much?? Maybe even "privitize" disaster aid??? Today, a reporter asked Romney 11 times if he still wanted to cut FEMA if elected president in light of hurricane Sandy? 11 times he WOULD NOT ANWSER THAT QUESTION!!! Now, Christy, who loves Romney Can't wait for Obama to arrive tommorrow to assess the damages and render millions in federal aid to destroyed New Jersey. Now, ask yourself this question: You think Christy wants to join Romney in cutting FEMA now?? And to think, Some of you idiots out there in light of what happened, would STILL vote for this jerk who STILL wants to cut FEMA even after what Sandy has done to the coast line!!! Your canadate is sure one swell guy!!

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4fd6636(255 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Before you out there starts writting your typical bull dong, again, ask your self this question: What if YOU lived in Jersey, and president Romney said on national TV "Jersey, your on your own"! What now?? Obama is there, acting swiftly rendering aid to a state who's Govenor basically hates him, and his policies. Now, he will take that FEMA aid that his buddy the mittster wants to privatize, or eliminate. Kinda like the stimulis moneys that all the republibs (RYAN) and the rest took with open arms after they blasted the program. Both sides of their mouth talkers. Remember the mittsters views on FEMA and if he would help YOU if trouble came your way. Think about that when you got that pencil in your hand!

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5ajselig(2 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

It should not matter where the candidate go now. The message of the need for change is clear. Under the current administration, the number of people on food stamps has almost doubled. Another four years of that growth would give us 66 million – a staggering 20% of the US population -- on food stamps. We have entered a food stamp economy, not a growth and jobs economy.

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