Romney, Obama, talk of Sandy week before election

Associated Press
President Barack Obama, accompanied by American Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern, gestures while speaking during the his visit to the Disaster Operation Center of the Red Cross National Headquarter to discuss superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after the East Coast superstorm, both presidential candidates were appealing for donations — but for relief agencies instead of for their campaigns.

Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney edged back into active campaigning Tuesday while President Barack Obama stayed in Washington to oversee the federal government's storm response.

Obama visited American Red Cross headquarters near the White House. He also scheduled a Wednesday trip to New Jersey to survey storm damage. The state's Republican governor, Chris Christie, has praised Obama's response to the storm.

Romney spoke of concern for storm victims during an event in Ohio. He urged supporters to donate food and other items, which he helped load onto a delivery truck. Afterward, Romney headed for Florida; he has three campaign rallies scheduled there on Wednesday.

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