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Hurricane Sandy: Latest hurdle in Romney's long slog of a campaign

On Monday, as hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast, Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney took a step back from what has been a long, tough journey on the campaign trail. 

By Steve HollandReuters / October 29, 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney pauses while speaking at a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa Monday. The Romney campaign has cancelled some events in light of Hurricane Sandy.

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Davenport, Iowa

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was about to go on stage in Ohio on Monday when he decided to abruptly shift the tone of his campaign given the potentially lethal impact of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast.

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With the storm bearing down, Romney canceled campaign events scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in WisconsinIowa and Florida. Running mate Paul Ryan and Romney's wife, Ann, also stepped back from campaigning.

Romney instead adopted a feel-your-pain stance, taking time to talk up Americans' hardy can-do spirit in the face of uncertain odds. He urged people to donate to the Red Cross.

After deliberating by conference call with senior advisers - some of them traveling with Ryan and Ann Romney in several states - it was an easy call to make, aides said.

"We canceled the events out of sensitivity for the millions of people facing hardship because of the hurricane," said senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom.

The hurricane was the latest twist in Romney's second White House bid. Before taking on President Barack Obama in the general election campaign, Romney spent months in a bruising Republican primary fight in which he was rarely in the lead until near the end.

The former governor of Massachusetts appeared to have the momentum in the final lap of the presidential race, climbing in polls after recovering from the September release of a secretly recorded video in which he said 47 percent of Americans were dependent on government help.

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