October 26th, 2012
03:25 PM ET
(CNN) – With the potential for a so-called “perfect storm” to batter the mid-Atlantic and New England early next week, President Obama is monitoring the latest developments – both as a president and as a presidential candidate.
Depending on just where Hurricane Sandy comes ashore – and when and where it collides with another winter storm system – may both impact Obama’s campaign schedule and test his administration’s preparedness one week before Election Day.
Earlier Friday, the White House announced that the president convened a call with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan to discuss precautions ahead of the storm. The White House also said that FEMA has decided to deploy Incident Management Assistance Teams up and down the East Coast this weekend before the brunt of the storm is felt.’’’
"The campaign is closely monitoring the storm and will take all necessary precautions to make sure our staff and volunteers are safe,” said Obama campaign spokesman Adam Fetcher.
But the storm impact on the presidential campaign is likely to extend through Election Day. Depending on its ultimate severity, the president may have to break from his campaign schedule to survey storm damage and ensure the federal government’s response is adequate.
Moreover, should effects of the storm linger for days after the impact, turnout on Election Day could significantly be depressed. On that concern, the Obama campaign reports it is confident its get out the vote effort will fun at “full speed” between now and Election Day.
– CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report
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