The Straits Times
Published on Nov 01, 2012

Obama, Romney get back to campaigning after storm


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama returned to full-force campaigning on Thursday, ending a three-day pause to manage the federal response to the historic storm that battered the East Coast. He holds slim leads in many of the key US battleground states five days before the Nov 6 election.

Polling, however, also shows Mr Obama locked in a tie nationwide with Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who tempered his criticism of the president this week to avoid the appearance of seeking political advantage in the midst of a natural disaster.

Both candidates faced a day of trying to strike the right tone in an intensely stressful race.

Mr Obama's lead in a majority of the nine so-called battleground states could determine the outcome. Those states are neither reliably Republican nor Democratic, giving them outsized importance in the US system for choosing the president.