Presidential Campaigns Set to Resume

Mitt back on trail today, Obama following suit tomorrow

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 31, 2012 3:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – With Election Day less than a week away, President Obama and Mitt Romney are preparing to get back on the campaign trail—or at least those parts of it not flooded by superstorm Sandy.

  • Romney resumes his campaign schedule today with three rallies in Florida, while Obama will start campaigning again tomorrow after spending time in Washington and viewing storm damage in New Jersey today, reports the Wall Street Journal.

  • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he turned down Obama's request to visit the storm-battered city, but he stresses the move was not a "diss," reports Politico. The mayor praised FEMA's response and the level of cooperation between city, state, and federal governments.
  • But Obama's visit to New Jersey could pay political dividends, the Hill notes. Republican Gov. Chris Christie has praised the president's handling of the disaster, saying the president "has been all over this and he deserves great credit." Asked whether Romney would also visit the state, Christie said he had "no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested," adding that "if you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me."
  • In Ohio, the swing state considered most likely to decide the election, fears that the storm would seriously disrupt early voting have not come to pass, the Washington Post reports. Only one county reported a power outage at its early-voting site yesterday, and several key counties say that as the storm approached, early voting was at its busiest since voting began.

Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event in Ohio yesterday collecting supplies from residents and local relief organizations for victims of superstorm Sandy.
Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event in Ohio yesterday collecting supplies from residents and local relief organizations for victims of superstorm Sandy.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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