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Romney urges supporters to remember hurricane victims

Monday - 10/29/2012, 5:40pm  ET

AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) -- Mitt Romney is urging supporters to donate to the Red Cross or other relief agencies gearing up to help storm victims.

In one of his last campaign appearances before suspending those events as Hurricane Sandy comes ashore, Romney also called on supporters in the path of the hurricane to remove yard signs that could become dangerous projectiles in windy conditions.

Romney said Sandy appears to be a 'devastating hurricane" -- and he said "a lot of people are going to be facing some real tough times" because of it.

Although he campaigned today in Iowa and Ohio, Romney canceled events planned for tonight and tomorrow. His staffers had considered keeping him on the campaign trail, away from the storm -- but they were concerned about the image of him politicking while millions of people faced grave hardship.

President Barack Obama also cut short a campaign trip today, and returned to the White House from Florida.

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227-v-31-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP correspondent)--Mitt Romney is canceling events tonight and tomorrow as Sandy approaches. AP correspondent Sagar Meghani reports. (29 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO ILCD101: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney steps off his campaign plane at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Ill., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, enroute to campaign events in Davenport, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (29 Oct 2012)

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