Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the Northeast and the attention it received “broke [Mitt] Romney’s momentum” in the campaign last week, former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour (R) said Sunday.

“Any day that the news media is not talking about jobs and the economy, taxes and spending, deficit and debt, Obamacare and energy is a good day for Barack Obama,” Barbour said on CNN’s “State Of The Union.”

“You had a blackout on all of those issues,” Barbour said. “It started about last Saturday and lasted until about yesterday. That is what really was good for Barack Obama. Now, whether it will be good enough remains to be seen.”

Barbour's take echoes that of GOP strategist Karl Rove. Rove told The Washington Post on Friday that “If you hadn’t had the storm, there would have been more of a chance for the Romney campaign to talk about the deficit, the debt, the economy. There was a stutter in the campaign. When you have attention drawn away to somewhere else, to something else, it is not to his [Romney's] advantage.”