President Obama skipped visits to election battleground states for a third straight day Wednesday to visit regions devastated by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.
Obama got a first-hand look at the destruction with the state's Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
"And we certainly feel profoundly for all the families whose lives have been upended and are going to be going through some very tough times," the president told aid workers and storm victims at an American Red Cross near the White House Tuesday.
"The most important message I have for them is that America is with you," he said. "We are standing behind you and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet."
Meanwhile Republican candidate Mitt Romney, after canceling eight campaign events in four states because of the storm, is returning to the campaign trail Wednesday.
On Tuesday, he transformed a rally in Ohio into a bid to support relief efforts.
"By the way, the American Red Cross is of course accepting donations," he told supporters. "And if you have a little extra you can send off to the American Red Cross. Why, join us in doing that and make sure we do our very best to help those that are being impacted by the storm."
Political television ads are still running across the country, but with more than 8 million people without power, many of those ads are going unseen.