Hurricane Sandy leads presidential campaigns to cancel events in Virginia

Monique Hamm Contributor
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The two major presidential campaigns are making some last-minute adjustments to avoid the path of Hurricane Sandy, which began rolling up the Eastern Seaboard this weekend.

President Barack Obama canceled two of his events on Tuesday — one in Northern Virginia and another in Colorado Springs. However, his campaign event in Wisconsin, as well as Vice President Joe Biden’s rally in Ohio, are still on the schedule for Tuesday.

White House press secretary Jay Carney released a statement stating that the president will continue to receive briefings regularly in the upcoming days.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s campaign canceled three stops scheduled for Sunday in Virginia. The GOP presidential nominee will instead join his running mate in Ohio.

The campaign’s traveling press secretary, Rick Gorka, said the decision to reschedule the events was a “cautionary move to make sure emergency resources wouldn’t be diverted” during the storm.

The Romney campaign also released a press statement giving Virginians information on evacuation routes and help lines. Romney campaign offices in Virginia are collecting donations of bottled water and non-perishable food items, which will be distributed to disaster-relief organizations.

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