Obama to resume election campaign tomorrow
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 22:16
  
Washington: US President Barack Obama would get back to his election campaign tomorrow after spending three days away from poll-related activities to focus on the devastating storm Sandy and its aftermath.

Obama had suspended his election campaign on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in view of the megatorm that devastated the country's Eastern Coast, claiming as many as 55 lives and leaving more than eight million people out of power.

The White House said today that Obama would resume his campaigning tomorrow when he travels to Colorado, Nevada and Wisconsin.

"During the grassroots events, the President will highlight his second-term agenda to grow our economy from the middle out, not the top down.

"His concrete and specific plan for the next four years will help create jobs, develop American energy, train the best workforce in the world, reduce the deficit in a balanced way and do some nation-building here at home," the Obama Campaign said in a statement.

Obama travelled to New Jersey today to view the devastations caused by Sandy, one of the worst storms to ever hit the US.

Just days to go before America goes to polls, election campaign was put on the backburner due to the calamity as both Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney suspended their campaign activities briefly.

After a brief pause, the US presidential campaign entered the last phase today with Romney hitting the campaign trail in Florida.

Obama's personal effort to tackle hurricane Sandy has been praised not only from the American media but also from one of his top Republican critic, Chris Christie, the New Jersey Governor.

"For a day at least, Hurricane Sandy appears to have done for President Obama what he has not been able to do for himself. In a campaign notable mostly for its negativity, the historic storm provided Obama with a commander-in-chief moment a week before Election Day," The Washington Post said.

"The president gained a rare moment of bipartisan praise, with Democratic and Republican governors alike commending the performance of the federal government. And the storm put on pause, for now, the sense that rival Mitt Romney had all the momentum in the home stretch," the daily said.

According to RealClearPolitics, Romney continues to hold a marginal lead (of less than a point) over Obama, but the latter has better chances of winning the election as he is leading in most of the battle ground States, which would fetch him the necessary electoral college votes required to be declared re-elected.

However, the Romney campaign insist that momentum is on its side and that the key battleground states have now expanded to those states like Pennsylvania, which were earlier considered to be safe for Obama.

Hitting the campaign trail in Tampa along with Jeb Bush, the former Florida Governor, Romney said a major part of the country is "going through trauma" in an apparent reference to the devastation caused by Sandy and urged people to contribute generously for the people affected by this.

However, he was quick to change the course and urge people to vote for him. "My view is pretty straightforward, and that is, I believe that this is a time for America to take a different course; that this should be a turning point for our country... These are folks trying to put food on the table -- 23 million people struggling to find a good job. This is something that requires, in my view, a different path than we've been on," he said.

The Obama Campaign on the other hand, argued that though this is a close race, Obama will still win the November 6 presidential elections and that his pro-active role to handle the storm would give him the extra edge.

"We're confident, but we're also going to fight to the very last moment to -- you know it's obviously -- there are huge amounts of resources," senior adviser to Obama's reelection campaign, David Axelrod, told MSNBC.

"This race is going to be close. We've always believed that. I will say we're leading or tied in virtually every battleground state," the Obama Campaign spokesperson, Jen Psaki, told the CNN.

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First Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 21:20


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