WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama will travel to storm-stricken New Jersey on Wednesday to view damage from the massive storm that struck the East Coast and to thank first responders.
Earlier Tuesday, Obama canceled all campaign stops for Wednesday.
The White House says Obama will join New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in viewing the damage. Christie is a Republican who has been an Obama critic. But on Tuesday he praised Obama's leadership in dealing with the storm disaster.
Obama said Tuesday at Red Cross headquarters that the storm "is not yet over." He said there are still risks of flooding and downed power lines and called the storm "heartbreaking for the nation."
The president offered his thoughts and prayers to those affected and said "America is with you." He said he told government officials coordinating the response that there was "no excuse for inaction."
WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama is canceling a third straight day of campaign events because of the superstorm that battered the East Coast
The White House says the president will not attend events scheduled Wednesday in swing state Ohio. He will stay in Washington, D.C. to monitor the storm and the federal government's response.
Obama had already canceled events Monday and Tuesday to be at the White House during the storm. Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton are appearing at those events on the president's behalf.
Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney held events in Ohio and Iowa on Monday. Romney canceled his West Allis, Wisconsin campaign stop that was scheduled for Monday evening.
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