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Candidates suspend campaigning to focus on victims

Oct 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News



THE ACTIONS of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in response to Hurricane Sandy could influence the results of next week’s election.

Both candidates have suspended campaigning. Obama has returned to Washington to monitor the response to the storm and Romney is scheduled to attend a storm relief event in Ohio.

Garance Franke-Ruta of The Atlantic said Americans liked to pull together in times of tragedy and disaster. “What they don’t like is when politicians appear to seek advantage from their suffering without doing anything to provide substantive aid.”

Real Clear Politics has reported Obama saying top priority is saving lives and supplying food, water and shelter to victims.

“At this point I am not worried about the impact on the election. I’m worried about the impact on families and I’m worried about our first responders. The election will take care of itself.”

Romney’s communications director Gail Gitcho told The Atlantic: “Romney believes this is a time for the nation and its leaders to come together to focus on those Americans who are in harm’s way.”

His campaign may have him visit New Jersey later this week to meet victims and assess damages.

Many US media outlets have said Hurricane Sandy has given Obama the opportunity to show leadership, which could guarantee his re-election.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has previously criticised Obama’s leadership, has  praised him for his handling of the emergency.

Christie told NBC’s Today show, “the President has been outstanding in this and so have the folks at FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency]”.

However, billionaire Donald Trump has lashed out at Obama, saying on Twitter that he’s using Sandy to buy voters for the election.

Don’t let Obama buy the election by handing out unlimited free money to states. Remember this: Obama wants to raise taxes, Mitt Romney wants to lower taxes – need I say more.”

Social media has had its part to play. New Zealand’s 3 News has reported that both campaigns are using it to encourage people to donate to the Red Cross.

The New York Times has reported the suspension of some presidential polls until the severe weather eases.

According to the Huffington Post, early voting in the swing states has been suspended, making this year’s election an even tighter race.

Images: The Telegraph; Times News Feed.

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