Top advisors to President Obama say he’ll likely lose a lot of time on the campaign trail because of the coming storm, but that he really doesn't have much of a choice.
Obama has "real responsibilities" to make sure the federal government is ready for the storm when it hits, said senior advisor David Axelrod, which is why the president canceled his appearances at rallies Monday and headed back to the White House situation room.
Obama is going to lose "a bunch of campaign time," Axelrod told reporters in a conference call, but "that’s as it has to be."
"For us, it’s not a matter of optics, it’s a matter of responsibility," he said.
Despite the disruption in plans for the final week of the campaign, Axelrod and campaign manager Jim Messina argue that the available data indicate their candidate is in the lead in key swing states.