President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are shifting gears as they seek to continue their election campaigns without appearing insensitive to the plight of Hurricane Sandy's victims. The president canceled campaign-trail appearances to oversee disaster-relief efforts and rushed to declare New York and New Jersey "major disaster" areas, while Romney canceled some appearances but scheduled a "hurricane relief" event in Ohio. "It's a very difficult situation," says Mary Kate Cary, former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush. "I don't think there are any points to be scored right now."

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