In a brief appearance at the White House press briefing room, President Obama urged people to listen to evacuation calls and said he was not concerned about the electoral impact of Hurricane Sandy.
"Obviously, everyone is aware at this point that this is going to be a big and powerful storm," the president said. "Millions of people are going to be affected. The most important message I have for the public right now is please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate."
The president's statement did not address the election, but in response to the one question he took from reporters, he said: "I am not worrying at this point about the impact on elections ... the election will take care of itself next week. Right now, our number one priority is to make sure we are saving lives."