Obama, Romney campaign with an eye on weather forecast as storm charges toward battlegrounds


WASHINGTON (AP) — With neither side wanting to risk the appearance of putting politics ahead of public safety, the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns are adjusting travel schedules and canceling events as Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast and some battleground states.

Vice President Joe Biden canceled a rally today in coastal Virginia Beach, Va., and Mitt Romney did the same with an event that had been set for tomorrow.

Today, the Republican presidential candidate is in Florida. In an email to supporters, Romney says his campaign is "defying odds and holding strong." He also urged backers to contribute more money to help Republicans keep up the fight.

President Barack Obama is heading to New Hampshire, while his campaign presses forward with a get-out-the-vote effort that aides say has them leading or tied in every competitive state.

With the Nov. 6 election 10 days away, polls suggest Obama and Romney are tied nationally. But the president still appears to have more ways to reach the required 270 electoral votes.

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001-w-34-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, GOP presidential candidate)--As Campaign 2012 roars toard the finish line, President Obama and Mitt Romney are clashing on the economy -- while watching the approach of Hurricane Sandy. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (27 Oct 2012)

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002-c-20-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"margins of error"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports the president's stumping in New Hampshire today, while Mitt Romney concentrates on Florida. (27 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO DCJM101: President Barack Obama waves to the media from the south lawn of the White House as prepares to board Marine One in Washington, en route to campaign events in Nashua, N.H., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (27 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO IACD204: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters after he spoke about the economy at a campaign rally at Kinzler Construction Services in Ames, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (26 Oct 2012)

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