Character emerges amid bitter campaign

Oct 30, 2012

On the eve of Halloween, one week from the presidential elections, bitter partisanship took a back seat as the country focused its attention on the eight million east coast residents without power courtesy of monster storm Hurricane Sandy. The hurricane left thousands stranded in shelters as homes in low-lying areas were flooded by surging coastal water.

President Obama stayed in DC to monitor the rescue efforts, while the challenger, Mitt Romney gathered an auditorium full of supporters in Ohio to box up much needed supplies for those affected by the massive storm.

“Out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy, we are canceling events with Governor Romney in Wisconsin and Congressman Ryan in Melbourne and Lakeland, Florida, Gail Gitcho, Romney communications director said in a statement. “We are also canceling all events currently schedule for both Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan on Tuesday. Governor 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.”

Obama’s reelection team said the storm forced the president to lose “a bunch of campaign time.” David Axelrod, Obama’s campaign manager said in a conference call that it was part of being presidential. “That’s as it has to be. For us, it’s not a matter of optics, it’s a matter of responsibility.”

Yesterday at a press briefing, President Obama suggested the hurricane would require everyone to pitch in to help thousands of Americans. “The great thing about America is when we go through tough times like this we all pull together. We look out for our friends. We look out for our neighbors. And we set aside whatever issues we may have otherwise to make sure that we respond appropriately and with swiftness. And that’s exactly what I anticipate is going to happen here.”

Both campaigns temporarily set aside election fundraising and asked donors to give to the Red Cross and other disaster relief organizations.

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