WAMU 88.5 : News

Hurricane Sandy Slows Down Presidential Campaigning

Play associated audio
A lone man wearing a rain pouch walks past the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 29,2012, during the approach of Hurricane Sandy.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
A lone man wearing a rain pouch walks past the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 29,2012, during the approach of Hurricane Sandy.

Early voting has been suspended in Maryland and in D.C., and a debate between Maryland U.S. Senate candidates scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled as well.

Hurricanes have funny relationships with politics, and the hurricanes always win. In 2008, and then again this year, Republicans had to cancel a day of their presidential convention because they didn't want to be seen celebrating while nasty storms threatened lives. Now both parties are contending with Hurricane Sandy.

Over the weekend, both Mitt Romney and Vice President Biden canceled rallies in Virginia, while President Obama canceled an event in Prince William County, Va. that was scheduled for today. However, hundreds of Obama for America volunteers did come out to canvass neighborhoods on Sunday.

As the campaigns wait to see what the storm brings, Obama Campaign volunteer Aimee Burgoyne says the McLean headquarters is prepared.

"Well, I know we've got flashlights and batteries and things like that already stockpiled in the back, so we're ready," she says. "We are going to keep going everyday. The storm's not going to change things here."

This week, the Romney campaign is using its Virginia offices to collect supplies to turn over to storm relief centers, and it's continuing its get out the vote efforts — weather permitting. Both campaigns are hoping to reschedule their Virginia events as the 2012 election enters its final days.

WAMU 88.5

Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

NPR

If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
WAMU 88.5

What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

NPR

What Verizon Will Get When It Buys Yahoo

Verizon is announcing a deal to buy Yahoo's Internet business on Monday. The telecom giant is eyeing Yahoo's content — and more opportunities to sell ads on it.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.