Hurricane Sandy: Obama Cancels Campaign Events, White House Press Charter Stranded

Mitt Romney cancels campaign events

Last Updated: October 29, 2012 @ 8:38 PM

Hurricane Sandy is causing headaches for President Obama's campaign and the reporters covering it.

Obama canceled an appearance in Orlando, Fla., on Monday morning to fly back to Washington, D.C. to monitor the government's response to the hurricane.

Getty Images"Due to deteriorating weather conditions in the Washington area, the president will not attend today's campaign event in Orlando," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement. "The president will return to the White House to monitor the preparations for and early response to Hurricane Sandy."

But the White House press charter plane was stranded in Florida after pilots determined it was too dangerous to fly, New York Times reporter Peter Baker tweeted.

As the East Coast braces for Hurricane Sandy, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opted to cancel a trio of campaign events in the Midwest after initially planning to go through with them, the Huffington Post reported. Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, also cancelled campaign appearances.

"Out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy, we are canceling tonight's events with Governor Romney in Wisconsin and Congressman Ryan in Melbourne and Lakeland, Florida," the Romney campaign said in a statement.

President Obama was scheduled to appear at Central Florida University with former president Bill Clinton, who will still make the Monday event. The president has also canceled a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wis., the White House said.

Sandy has led to evacuations throughout the eastern seaboard, with officials warning about possible flooding in major cities like New York and Washington.