First lady Michelle Obama had been scheduled to speak at the University of New Hampshire on Tuesday but cancelled because the school is closing due to the approaching storm. As of Saturday, Romney still planned to hold a rally in Milford on Tuesday night, and his wife was due in the state Monday.
The activity underscores the degree to which New Hampshire’s four electoral college votes are valued in what is expected to be a close election. A WMUR-TV Granite State poll released Oct. 9 showed Obama with a slight lead over Romney in New Hampshire. A Suffolk University/7 News poll released a week later showed the two tied.
Introducing Obama, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen tried to rally female voters by again mocking Romney’s recent debate comments that he was given “binders full of women” when he sought to diversify his administration.
“We don’t need binders full of women. We have ballots full of women,” said Shaheen, the first woman elected governor and the state’s first female U.S. senator.
Democrats have nominated women for governor and the state’s two congressional seats this year.
“It’s clear that women can’t trust Mitt Romney,” Shaheen said. “We’ll keep our rights, we’ll keep our health care and we’ll keep our president.”
Ahead of Hurricane Sandy, Obama also brought some “Fire and Rain” to New Hampshire, where he was joined by singer James Taylor. Taylor, who performed that and several other of his hits, said that while Republicans say they don’t need government, storms like the one expected to hit the Northeast early next week make it clear that “we need someone there to help us.”