Mitt Romney today sought to strike a delicate balance between resuming what had been a hostile presidential campaign and showing sensitivity to the damage and death caused by Atlantic superstorm Sandy.
The presidential candidates curtailed campaigning to await Hurricane Sandy’s landfall, as President Barack Obama said the “the election will take care of itself next week” and the priority must be to prepare for and respond to the storm.
Mitt Romney’s allusion to doubts raised by some of Barack Obama’s opponents that the president was born in the U.S. prompted a fundraising pitch from Obama’s campaign, as the Republican challenger later termed his comment “humor.”
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney chased votes in swing states, with Obama accusing his Republican challenger of running on a “rerun agenda” and Romney arguing the incumbent has failed to create jobs and deserves to be kicked out of office.
Hurricane Sandy is already altering the final days of the presidential race and potentially affecting early voting from Virginia to Ohio even before it makes landfall along the U.S. East Coast tomorrow.