President Obama took one question at his White House press briefing today, telling reporters that the election didn’t matter “at this point” in the face of Hurricane Sandy.
“What about the impact on the election, sir?” one reporter asked after he delivered a statement on FEMA’s readiness, hurricane safety, etc.
“I am not worried at this point about the impact on the election,” Obama said. “I’m worried about the impact on families, and I’m worried about the impact on our first responders. I’m worried about the impact of our — on our economy and on transportation.”
“You know, the election will take care of itself next week. Right now, our number-one priority is to make sure that we are saving lives, that our search-and-rescue teams are going to be in place, that people are going to get food, the water, the shelter that they need in case of emergency, and that we respond as quickly as possible to get the economy back on track.”
The GOP camp canceled swing-state events over the next couple of days in deference to the “Frankenstorm.”
“Out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy, we are canceling tonight’s events with Governor Romney in Wisconsin and Congressman Ryan in Melbourne and Lakeland, Florida. We are also canceling all events currently schedule for both Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan on Tuesday,” said Gail Gitcho, Romney communications director.
“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. We will provide additional details regarding Governor Romney’s and Congressman Ryan’s schedule when they are available.”
Obama skipped an Orlando rally this morning as the storm got worse and canceled a Tuesday campaign event in Green Bay, Wis.
“You know, this is going to be a big storm. It’s going to be a difficult storm. The great thing about America is, when we go through tough times like this, we all pull together. We look out for our — our friends. We look out for our neighbors,” Obama said today. “And, you know, 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’s going to happen here.”