TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Pulls Ads From Florida Weather Channel Because of Hurricane Matthew

Both major party presidential nominees changed plans in the battleground state

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign pulled its ads from the Weather Channel in Florida on Thursday as Hurricane Matthew approached.

Clinton spokesperson Jesse Ferguson said the campaign asked the Florida Weather Channel stations to postpone running ads they had scheduled, and explained in a statement that ad changes from earlier this week had affected those weather station spots. The Associated Press reported the campaign was “sensitive to being seen as trying to capitalize on the storm.”

The Democratic nominee wasn’t alone in adjusting her campaigning because of the weather. Republican nominee Donald Trump cancelled a rally in North Carolina and his campaign called off a Florida event with Ivanka Trump.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the path of Hurricane Matthew, namely in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas,” Trump said in a statement. “These warnings are very, very serious–if your home is in the path of the hurricane and you are being advised to leave, you need to do so right now.”

In Florida, Clinton’s campaign closed all of its offices in affected areas and moved staffers and volunteers to inland locations.


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