Hurricanes hold election-year peril for candidates

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Associated Press

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 28 at 1:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politicians know every hurricane means avoiding disaster — including their own.

Republicans from Mitt Romney and Southern governors scrambled to shape their tone and tactics Monday as an ominous storm barreled past their national convention site in Tampa, Fla.

Political peril awaits those who fumble disaster preparedness and the response. That's the legacy of Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that forever changed how responses to disasters would be judged.

Democrats are also quietly making their own calculations, mindful of how one insensitively timed political speech or line of attack could bring blowback. On a low-profile day at the White House, President Barack Obama got briefings on Tropical Storm Isaac and went forward — for now — with plans for a campaign trip beginning Tuesday to Iowa, Colorado and Virginia.

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