In Sandy's aftermath, Romney to strike a positive tone

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 11:00am

TAMPA, Florida (CNN) -- Superstorm Sandy will wash away some of the strong partisan rhetoric from the campaign trail, at least for one more day.

As President Barack Obama is surveying the damage left by the massive storm with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Mitt Romney will strike a "positive" tone during a swing through the battleground state of Florida Wednesday, a senior Romney adviser tells CNN.

With Christie tending to storm clean-up back home, Romney will have some other strong surrogates by his side. Joining the GOP presidential nominee at stops in Tampa and Coral Gables will be Florida's former governor Jeb Bush and current U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

Asked if Romney had a problem with Christie, a top campaign surrogate, looking at storm damage with the president just six days before the election, a top Romney adviser offered one word: "None."

The GOP nominee set aside his usual stump speech at a campaign event in Ohio on Tuesday. Instead, Romney welcomed donations of storm-relief supplies from supporters. The donations will go to American Red Cross storm response efforts in New Jersey, a campaign aide said. A spokeswoman for the American Red Cross confirmed to CNN that it will receive the items.

"The American Red Cross appreciates the support from the Romney campaign and is working with the campaign to process this donation of supplies," Ann Marie Borrego, a Red Cross spokeswoman, said in a statement. "We are grateful that both the Obama and Romney campaigns have also encouraged the public to send financial donations to the Red Cross. We encourage individuals who want to help to consider making a financial donation or making an appointment to give blood."


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