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Decision 2012: Sandy May Impact Campaign Plans In Presidential Race

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Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama continued to joust from a distance Friday. But the pair may have to shake up their campaign strategies, as the approaching storm quite possibly may shake up the East Coast during the final days of the election season. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

Mitt Romney continued his campaign push Friday as President Barack Obama spent the day at the White House following a 40 hour blitz on the stump.

Romney spoke to voters in Ames, Iowa and pledged that if elected, the policies of his administration would bolster the economy and help grow businesses large and small.

Romney also played new mood music: the theme from the movie Air Force One.

"This election is a choice, a choice between the status quo, going forward with the same policies of the last four years, or instead choosing real change, change that offers promise that the future will be better than the past," said Romney.

President Obama said the future is getting better.

While markets were mixed, growth in gross domestic product this quarter exceeded expectations, largely because of government spending on defense.

Romney said the figure isn't good enough.

“He knocked Obama's stimulus plan without noting that Friday's speech happened at a company that benefited from stimulus funds,” said Josh Kinzler of recovery.gov.

Meanwhile, President Obama sat down for MTV.

He was asked about Mayor Bloomberg's criticism that both candidates are timid on fighting illegal guns.

The president is not calling for any new laws.

"Looking at how we keep guns out of the hands of kids who are shooting each other is a critical component and we will work to find solutions to that particular problem,” said President Obama. “But we're also going to have to broaden the conversation."

There was no briefs or boxers question but Obama did lament a lack of political music.

Polls continued to show an extremely tight race. The candidates were essentially tied in national polls, with the president holding slight leads in most swing states.

A more pressing issue is the approaching storm. Romney already canceled a Sunday night rally in Virginia. Obama has been huddling with top aides on how to best prepare for it.
So far, his campaign schedule, which includes stumping with former President Bill Clinton on Monday, is unchanged.

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