In his press conference early this afternoon, President Obama was asked what effect Hurricane Sandy might have on the presidential election. Plenty of folks in the media have already been pondering that question (and the good news is that the storm may mean fewer polls!). Obama answered that saving lives was front of mind right now, and that the election would “take care of itself next week.”
Is it that simple? Both candidates have suspended official campaigning. But now Obama gets to be seen as a leader in action, by default getting far more national media attention than Mitt Romney. Surely that at least keeps the media and voters’ attention focused on him at a key point in time. On the other hand, if how Obama handles Hurricane Sandy initiatives is scored low by the media, could it help Romney? What about the attention Sandy is bringing to Romney’s position in one of the debates on eliminating federal disaster relief?
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