Candidates target swing states
Barack Obama has warned that some areas of the United States may take months to recover from the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, but insisted the government will be with those affected “every step of the way”.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Mentor, Ohio, the president said the entire country was behind those caught up in the storm, and claimed he had been “inspired” by the reaction to the disaster.
“We will walk with the people whose lives have been upended by the storm every step of the way in on this long hard road to recovery,” he said.
“No matter how bad a storm is, no matter how tough times are, we’re all in this together. We rise or fall as one nation and as one people. That spirit has guided this country along its improbable journey for more than two centuries.”
The president maintains a slight lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney in the key state, opinion polls suggest, as the race for the White House enters its final weekend of campaigning.
The presidential candidates have begun a four-day marathon of campaign events today, with Mr Obama visiting also due to visit Wisconsin, Iowa and Virginia, while Mr Romney heads to New Hampshire, Iowa and Colorado.
Mr Obama told supporters the country had come a long way in four years, but insisted there was “more work to do”.
“Our fight goes on. Our fight goes on because our country is always at its best when everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody’s doing their fair share, and everybody’s playing by the same rules. That’s what we believe. That’s why I’m running for a second term as president of the United States," he said.
Meanwhile, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg - who recently endorsed Mr Obama for re-election - has cancelled the New York Marathon as the city reels from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Following protests, Mr Bloomberg said: "We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it."