Hurricane Sandy: Obama Scraps Florida Event Because of Storm

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UPDATED: The president leaves the campaign trail in Florida to head back to Washington.

President Obama has scrapped a campaign appearance with Bill Clinton in Florida to return to Washington as Hurricane Sandy strikes the East Coast.

"Due to deteriorating weather conditions in the Washington area, the president will not attend today's campaign event in Orlando. The president will return to the White House to monitor the preparations for and early response to Hurricane Sandy," said White House spokesman Jay Carney in a statement.

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Obama landed in the Sunshine State on Sunday night. He was originally scheduled to appear at three events alongside Clinton in Florida, Ohio and Virginia on Monday but, due to Sandy, had narrowed his calendar to only one rally in the morning. He canceled that event, however, in order to return to DC to supervise government storm-response efforts.

Vice President Joe Biden will join Clinton in Ohio; he was initially slated to stump for the Democratic ticket in New Hampshire.

Mitt Romney nixed campaign cameos Monday in Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin. The GOP presidential candidate scrapped campaign stops in Virginia on Sunday and in New Hampshire on Tuesday.