Obama's Wisconsin Trip Canceled To Appear Presidential
October 29, 2012 01:31 PM EDT
President Obama canceled his trip to Green Bay, Wisconsin on Tuesday to monitor Hurricane Sandy in Washington. Obama's Wisconsin trip was an essential pillar in his re-election campaign. Although Obama spoke to a large crown in the state earlier this month, he was set to make a final visit to this all-important battleground state on Tuesday. Romney, Ryan and Biden are still scheduled to visit Wisconsin. Romney is in Wisconsin today and his running mate Paul Ryan will visit his hometown of Janesville on Wednesday. Biden will represent the president's campaign on Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Why did Obama cancel the trip? The Romney campaign is attacking Wisconsin hard, and is already showing a two-point advantage in the state. White House spokesman Jay Carney explained the president's choice, "It's essential in his view that he be in Washington, one of the areas that will be affected, and where his team is to oversee that effort." Obama is choosing to show leadership in a potential disaster situation rather than campaign in this battleground state. Obama knows that the country is watching him closely right before the election and Hurricane Sandy is arriving at large population centers right as Americans are deciding who to vote for. Obama has also canceled his appearance today in Orlando with former president Bill Clinton to stay in Washington.
Romney and Ryan just finished three joint-rallies in Ohio and are now attacking Wisconsin because they know that they absolutely need one of these states to win the election. Romney is no doubt aware that he too cannot appear nonchalant in the face of the hurricane, but he is not the leader of the country and so the eyes of the nation are locked tightly on Obama.