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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* President Obama and Mitt Romney each canceled campaign events due to Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the East Coast. Obama canceled a Tuesday campaign trip to Wisconsin so he could stay in Washington to keep an eye on the storm, while Romney canceled his Monday night and Tuesday events (he kept up his schedule during the day on Monday). Vice President Biden canceled campaign events in Ohio and Pennsylvania slated for Tuesday and Thursday while Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan’s (Wis.) Monday night and Tuesday events have also been scrapped.
* Obama said he is not worried about the storm’s impact on the election, and that the “number one priority is to make sure we are saving lives.” When asked on Air Force One whether Obama had the authority to delay the election if power is still out next Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said “I don’t know.” Meanwhile, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said he is anticipating that some of the storm’s impact may be felt next week, meaning FEMA may be called upon to help with the cleanup process so that voters can get to the polls next Tuesday.
* The Romney campaign is considering whether to send the Republican presidential nominee to New Jersey this week to survey storm damage with Gov. Chris Christie (R).
* Obama’s campaign released a new TV ad in Ohio that pushes back against a controversial spot from Romney that implied Chrysler is moving Jeep production from Ohio to China. ”Mitt Romney on Ohio jobs? Wrong then .. dishonest now,” says the narrator of the Obama ad. Bill Clinton said at a campaign stop in Ohio Monday that Jeep ”put out a statement today saying that it was the biggest load of bull in the world that they would consider shutting down their American operation.”
* The pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is spending $2.1 million on a new ad buy in Pennsylvania. This doesn’t necessarily suggest the group thinks the Keystone State – where polls have shown Obama leading — is very much in play. The group has money to spend, and with the airwaves packed in just about every major battleground, can afford to make buys on the periphery of competitive states.
* Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) leads former congresswoman Heather Wilson 50 percent to 42 percent, an Albuquerque Journal poll of likely New Mexico voters conducted Oct. 23-25 shows. Wilson’s campaign released an internal poll showing her at 44 percent and Heinrich at 43 percent. That poll — conducted by Public Opinion Strategies Oct. 21-22 –stands in contrast to the Albuquerque Journal poll and most other recent surveys, which have consistently shown Heinrich up comfortably.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Clinton will campaign for Obama in seven states this week, including a Tuesday stop in Minnesota, which is looking more competitive for Romney. Clinton will also campaign in Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin. Down the ballot, the former president cut a radio ad for North Dakota Democratic Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp (D), and will campaign for her Monday night.
* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D) agree that Tuesday’s debate should not go forward due to concerns about Hurricane Sandy. “It is simply not appropriate to go forward with a political debate when a disaster strikes,” said Brown spokesman Colin Reed in a statement. Warren campaign manager Mindy Myers said: “Elizabeth believes the focus now must be on public safety and ensuring people get the help they need during the storm and in its aftermath. With the concern for public safety and cleanup paramount, Elizabeth believes the debate should not be held tomorrow.”
* The Labor Department hasn’t ruled out delaying the release of the September jobs report because of Hurricane Sandy, though it says it currently intends to stay on schedule. “The employees at the Bureau of Labor Statistics are working hard to ensure the timely release of employment data on Friday, November 2,” the BLS said in a statement. “It is our intention that Friday will be business as usual regarding the October Employment Situation Report.”
* Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) released a new TV ad featuring Republicans Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl. In the ad, the two push back against a spot from Democratic Senate nominee Richard Carmona which shows them praising him 10 years ago during his confirmation as surgeon general.
THE FIX MIX:
With Aaron Blake