Mitt Romney, President Obama Focus on Hurricane Sandy Relief

Jon Karl tracks the latest from the 2012 presidential campaign trail.
3:00 | 10/30/12

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Transcript for Mitt Romney, President Obama Focus on Hurricane Sandy Relief
alex perez, tomorrow president obama will be in new jersey meeting with the governor there, chris christie. Seven days to go now until americans go to the polls, "your voice, your vote," so what effect is this storm having on 9 race? Let's go to abc's jonathan karl. Reporter: After canceling eight campaign events in five states because of the storm, mitt romney transformed a planned ohio rally today into a bid to support the relief efforts. We won't be able to solve all the problems with our effort this morning. One thing I learned in life you make the difference you can. Reporter: It has all the trappings of a traditional campaign event, the stage, the big american flag, the campaign music, lots of romney supporters, but you also have over here canned goods and other supplies that people have brought for victims of the storm. The storm has put romney in something of a bind. While the president can go back and lead relief efforts -- this is something that is heartbreaking for the entire nation. Reporter: -- There's not much for romney to do beside encouraging supporters to pitch in andith fema working overtime democrats are hammering him for what he said at a debate last year when asked if some of fema's responsibilities should be turned over to the states. Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion that takes something from the federal government and sends it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you go even further and send it backo the private sector, that's even better. Reporter: Romney wouldn't answer questions about that today. Governor, would you eliminate fema if you were president? Reporter: Even with all the canceled ee veptsdzs, the campaign continues. Bill clinton led a pro-obama rally in minneapolis today that appeared entirely political. I have worked very hard in this election. Reporter: With a race this close, not even a storm of the century can bring this campaign to a halt. Jonathan karl, abc news, kettering, ohio.

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