Hurricane Sandy has done it now. She's brought both presidential campaigns to a screeching halt.
It's not optimal, but Obama Campaign Director David Axelrod told reporters during a conference call Monday that the Obama campaign has enough ground game to survive a few days without stump speech stops in vital swing states like Florida and Wisconsin.
"We are going to lose a bunch of campaign time, but that is how it has to be. We will try to make it up on the back end," Axelrod says.
With eight days left until Election Day, President Barack Obama has canceled campaign stops in crucial swing states in order to monitor Hurricane Sandy from Washington. The Obama campaign says "the time for politics is not now."
"He has real responsibilities and those responsibilities come first," Axelrod says. "He is going to monitor this as it is a very concerning situation."
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign also sent an E-mail to supporters Monday afternoon announcing it too would suspend campaigning events in Wisconsin and Florida Monday and Tuesday as Sandy batters the eastern seaboard.
"We are also canceling all events currently scheduled for both Gov. Romney and Congressman Ryan on Tuesday," says Gail Gitcho, Romney's campaign communications director. "Gov. Romney believes this is a time for the nation and its leaders to come together to focus on those Americans who are in harms way."
Romney's campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul told the Washington Post that Romney campaign offices are collecting emergency supplies for storm victims, which they plan on delivering via campaign busses. And the Romney campaign is encouraging individuals to donate to the American Red Cross on its Twitter and Facebook pages. The campaign also notified supporters to take down dangerous lawn signs.
"For safety's sake, as you and your family prepare for the storm, please be sure to bring any yard signs inside. In high winds they can be dangerous and cause damage to homes and property," a note on the Romney website reads. "I'm never prouder of America than when I see how we pull together in a crisis. "
Romney and Obama's campaign ads are still airing in high-impact storm states like Virginia and Pennsylvania, but the campaigns have suspended E-mails to voters who reside in Sandy's path in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Both campaigns says they are confident enough in their ground games that a few missed days on the trail shouldn't make or break the race for the White House.
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