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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Obama skips Orlando rally to focus on storm



White House: "Due to deteriorating weather conditions in the Washington, DC area, the president will not attend today's campaign event in Orlando. The president will return to the White House to monitor the preparations for and early response to Hurricane Sandy."

Obama arrived in Orlando last night -- earlier than planned -- and visited with campaign volunteers. But with rain falling in Washington this morning, the decision was made to skip the event. He's scheduled to be back at the White House about 11:30 a.m.

The rally will still go on with Bill Clinton.

The decision underscores the delicate task Obama has in dealing with his official duties and the campaign. Mitt Romney has also been forced to alter his schedule.


[Last modified: Monday, October 29, 2012 8:41am]


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