Mitt Romney on Tuesday attended a relief effort in Ohio for the victims of superstorm Sandy – staying in the public eye but keeping away from political talk with just seven days left before Election Day.

“We have heavy hearts, as you know, with all of the suffering going on,” said Romney, standing on an equipment box inside a Kettering, Ohio, gymnasium. “I appreciate what you have done.”

Romney spoke for about five minutes, talking about Massachusetts’ efforts while he was governor to help Hurricane Katrina victims, before he began collecting food and other staples.

The Obama and Romney camps waded slowly into campaigning Tuesday in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, announcing events in the battleground states of Colorado and Ohio.

The Obama campaign said former President Bill Clinton will make two stops Tuesday in Colorado — in Commerce City and Denver.

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