Hurricane Sandy prompts changes in planned presidential campaign visits to Colorado
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DENVER - Superstorm Sandy has thrown the nail-biter of an election into even greater turmoil. Both the Romney and Obama presidential campaigns have altered their travel plans one week before the election.
Instead of coming to Colorado Springs on Tuesday, President Barack Obama is in Washington to monitor the storm.
He will be relying on former president Bill Clinton, known in political circles as "The Big Dog," to carry his message.
Clinton will campaign Tuesday in Commerce City and Denver, where he will "fire up supporters and urge them to help get out the vote for President Obama and Vice President Biden," the Obama campaign said Monday night.
Clinton's Commerce City rally will be at Adams City High School, with doors opening at 4 p.m. The Denver event will be at Manual High School, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign decided to cancel its events Monday and Tuesday, including three Tuesday rallies that had been scheduled for Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan in Greeley, Douglas County and Cañon City.
"Out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy," the Romney campaign said it was cancelling the Romney and Ryan events. "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."
Meanwhile, Jill Biden continued with planned visits in Colorado. The vice president's wife met Monday with supporters at Colorado College and at campaign offices in Fort Collins and Boulder.
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