Why Sandy is the election's October surprise

US political legend holds there will be a surprise in late October in a presidential election year, which will separate the candidates. This year appears no different and the response to Hurricane Sandy could decide the election.

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On November 4, 1979 when Jimmy Carter’s presidency depended on gaining the freedom of the US hostages held by Iranian student militants, he was unable to achieve this goal even when it looked like the Iranians were ready to yield.


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