ORLANDO - President Barack Obama is canceling a planned campaign appearance in Florida and returning to Washington to oversee the federal government's response to the ever-threatening Hurricane Sandy.
With the massive East Coast storm playing havoc with people's work and school at the beginning of the new week, Obama press secretary Jay Carney says the president is returning to the capital Monday to, quote, "monitor the preparations for and early response" to the hurricane.
Four critical election states are affected by the storm -- North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio and New Hampshire.
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Superstorm Sandy flooded or dropped snow on much of the eastern U.S. on Oct. 29, 2012, becoming the nation's second-most expensive weather disaster at $65 billion and killing at least 182 people after claiming dozens of other lives in the Caribbean.
A year after Superstorm Sandy flooded the eastern U.S. coastline, thousands of people still trying to fix their homes are being stymied by bureaucracy, insurance disputes and uncertainty over whether they can even afford to rebuild.