Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took a moment in an overflow room ahead of a campaign rally Monday to express his concern for those in the path of Hurricane Sandy and encourage the people of Ohio to do what they could to help those out east.
“I want to mention that our hearts and prayers are with all the people in the storm's path," he said in Avon Lake, Ohio. "Sandy is another devastating hurricane by all accounts, and a lot of people are going to be facing some real tough times as a result of Sandy's fury."
He went on to encourage those who can afford it to make a donation to the Red Cross.
"If there are other ways that you can help, please take advantage of them because there will be a lot of people that are going to be looking for help and the people in Ohio have big hearts, so we're expecting you to follow through and help out," he said.
Romney concluded the rally by echoing his comments from the overflow room.
"This looks like another time we all need to come together," he said.
The Romney campaign announced shortly before he took the stage that his rallies scheduled for later Monday and Tuesday, along with those planned for running mate Paul Ryan, were canceled "out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy." President Barack Obama also canceled his campaign events.
Although he devoted some time to talking about the storm, Romney largely stuck to his stump speech at the rally, criticizing Obama for his handling of the economy, taxes and foreign policy.