US election: Daily Diet - 30 October

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With super-storm Sandy blowing the north-eastern US to shreds, Romney and Obama left the campaign trail. Meanwhile, the press takes Romney to task for an ad about Ohio car workers.

Picture of the day

Obama supporters at a rally in Ohio on Monday raise letters spelling Vote Early

This is subtle. At an Obama rally in Youngstown, Ohio, with Vice-President Joe Biden and the former president, Bill Clinton, the president's supporters spell it out.

Pity the poor people sat behind it...

Quote of the day

It could help Obama in Virginia and Ohio; it could hurt Obama in Virginia and Ohio; it could blunt the impact of political ads; it could magnify the impact of political ads; it could make Obama look presidential; it could magnify any Obama mistake; it could stop Romney's momentum; it could complicate Obama's "ground game"; it could help New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's 2016 presidential bid.

In other words: Nobody had any idea.

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank seems disgusted with what he calls "political war-gaming" of super-storm Sandy in Washington while Americans are suffering.

Read more at the Washington Post

Ad of the day

Romney Jeep ad

"Who will do more for the auto industry? Not Barack Obama... Mitt Romney has a plan to help the auto industry... Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China. Mitt Romney will fight for every American job."

After months of being pummelled in the crucial swing state of Ohio for opposing the president's 2009 rescue of the auto industry, Romney has struck back with an ad saying he, not Obama, was best for auto workers.

The Washington Post's Fact Checker columnist awarded the advert Four Pinnochios: "This ad shows that we have entered the final, desperate week of the campaign."

Read more at the Washington Post

Random stat

Five - Number of battleground states in Sandy's path: Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Hampshire.

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