President Barack Obama dives back into campaigning after three days immersed in managing the federal response to the storm that battered the East Coast.

President Barack Obama addresses a campaign rally at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The contours of the presidential race remain much the same, with Obama and Republican Mitt Romney locked in a tight contest and both campaigns predicting victory.

The president's advisers insist his break from campaigning had minimal impact on his standing. If anything, it gave Obama a chance to offer the type of comfort and command in a crisis that only a president can deliver.

Still, the Democratic campaign is seeking to make up for the lost time with a heavy travel itinerary in the coming days, including rallies today in Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado.


 

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