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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandy paralyzes the White House race


Barack Obama decided to postpone hicampaign events , a week of the presidential election, to fully abocarse to track Hurricane Sandy, who is about to reach the city ofNew YorkThe president canceled his schedule in Orlando, Florida, and Youngstown, in the key state of Ohio  Instead, the White House will monitor the preparation and execution of the operation by the hurricane. "I will not be able to do much campaigning in the next two days," he said. "Due to deteriorating weather conditions in the Washington area, the President does not concur to campaign event today in Orlando", had earlier confirmed the White House spokesman, Jay Carney. This is a great and serious storm . And my first words to all the people on the east coast, in the Atlantic region to the north, is that they need to take this very seriously , "said Obama. "Follow the instructions of state and local authorities, as they will give you the best information in terms of how to deal with this storm in the coming days," remarked the President to citizens. "We do not know where to hit, where they will see the biggest impact, and this is the reason why it is so important for us to respond as fully and expeditiously start having local information," he added. Officials estimate that there will be strong winds, rain, waves, floods and even snow , and that some 60 million people will be affected .


The entire campaign will be affected

Not only does Obama have to suspend critical actions to eight days of the presidential election, but Republican rival Mitt Romney faces a similar situation, while not having to comply with the same duties and responsibilities as a Democrat to a disaster situation. This is the last full week of the presidential race and, without doubt, the arrival of Sandy was an unforeseen event that could negatively impact the scope of the campaign, but also the image of Obama in the event of a disaster. Parties of four closely contested states are likely follow the path of Hurricane Sandy: Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and New Hampshire. While Obama canceled plans, Romney in principle on Monday to visit Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin, though suspended in New Hampshire on Tuesday. "I know right now some people in the country are a little nervous about a storm that will hit the coast, and our thoughts and prayers are with the people who will be in the way" of the hurricane, said the Republican. The polls suggest that Obama has a reach advantage for the 270 Electoral College needed to win, but the Romney campaign shows signs of momentum and bring considers expanding its area of action beyond the nine states that have received Most of the attention of the candidates.

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