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In Tampa, Romney tries to balance storm sympathies with campaigning



TAMPA — Mitt Romney asked Floridians to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy before pivoting to his standard campaign stump speech this morning at a Tampa airport hangar rally, the first of three stops planned in Florida.

"This is a quite a time for the country, as you know," said Romney, wearing a white shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and a striped tie. "We're going through trauma in a major part of the country. "It's interesting to see how people come together in circumstances like this."

Romney then drew a connection between Sandy and the tight presidential contest. "People coming together is what's also going to happen on Nov. 7," Romney said, referring to the day after the election. "I will bring change and real reform and a presidency that brings us together."

The transition was an awkward but inevitable side effect of Romney's decision to continue campaigning while the Northeast reels from the superstorm, which has killed at least 55 people. Romney canceled campaign appearances Tuesday but did hold a quasi-campaign/relief event in Ohio. (Story here)

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 12:30pm]


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