Romney sketches campaign contingencies

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., look up towards the stage and sing along with The Oak Ridge Boys as they campaign at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Marion County Fairgrounds, in Marion, Ohio, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney is sketching out political contingency plans that include temporarily suspending campaigning altogether if Hurricane Sandy turns deadly.

The Republican presidential candidate plans to go ahead with three rallies in three states on Monday, including a midday event in Avon Lake, Ohio. But, given the storm, he is expected to moderate his criticism of President Barack Obama and encourage supporters to make donations to relief efforts for storm victims.

Romney's Boston headquarters is monitoring storm developments and reviewing plans.

The campaign is also considering whether to send Romney to New Jersey later in the week to survey storm damage with Gov. Chris Christie.

Obama returned to the White House on Monday morning after canceling political events scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in several states.