Biden postpones all campaign travel to Florida as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches

Vice President Biden is postponing all plans to campaign in Florida on Monday and Tuesday because of the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac, the Obama campaign said Saturday.

The campaign cited “the statewide state of emergency declared in Florida” as the reason for postponing the trip, which was originally supposed to begin Monday in Tampa and continue Tuesday in Orlando and St. Augustine.

“This change in schedule is being taken to ensure that all law enforcement and emergency management resources across the state can continue their focus on ensuring the safety of those who might be impacted by the storm,” the campaign said in a statement.

The Obama campaign announced late Friday that Biden would scrap plans to visit Tampa on Monday, but said plans for the Orlando and St. Augustine stops would continue.

Other campaign events Monday and Tuesday for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to continue elsewhere, as scheduled.

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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