Karl Rove called Hurricane Sandy the October surprise of the 2012 presidential election, and said the view it gave of a non-partisan President Barack Obama may cost Gov. Mitt Romney the race.
The Republican strategist said in an interview with the Washington Post that the “stutter” in the campaigns took attention off of Romney’s argument about the economy and refocused the country on Obama being the “comforter-in-chief.”
“If you hadn’t had the storm, there would have been more of a chance for the Romney campaign to talk about the deficit, the debt, the economy,” Rove said. “There was a stutter in the campaign. When you have attention drawn away to somewhere else, to something else, it is not to his [Romney's] advantage.”
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Despite his concerns about Sandy’s effect on the race, Rove said he believes that Romney will win Ohio and pull out a one- or two-point victory on Tuesday.
Romney is believed by Rove and others to be able to win the race without Ohio. According to Rove, the move late last week by the GOP and other groups to campaign more heavily in Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania - all states once thought to be out of the question for Romney - is not evidence the campaign is concerned about losing Ohio.
“I think he’s going to win Ohio,” Rove said. “We are just following the strategy of the 2008 Obama campaign, when it was going to states like North Carolina, Virginia and Indiana, all of which we’re going to win this year. You try to reach out. It’s the same strategy they used, four years ago. But I think we’re going to win Ohio.
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