Romney to survey storm damage in Louisiana
August 31st, 2012
08:56 AM ET
9 years ago

Romney to survey storm damage in Louisiana

(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will travel to Lafitte, Louisiana Friday to view storm damage from Hurricane Isaac after his joint morning event with Paul Ryan in Lakeland, Florida, according to his campaign.

Romney will join Gov. Bobby Jindal and meet with first responders to thank them for their work, as well as see areas affected by the storm in Lafitte.

Romney's campaign said Jindal invited the nominee for part of the governor's already-planned schedule to help raise awareness of the damage for people who need help and donations.

Lafitte is located just south of New Orleans and experienced heavy floods from the Category 1 hurricane that tore through the area on Tuesday.

Romney, who accepted his party's nomination for president Thursday night, has canceled his campaign appearance at an event in Richmond, Virginia later Friday, but will still be at the morning rally with Ryan in Florida. Ryan, meanwhile, will continue on to Richmond.

After taking a break from Tampa to speak in Indianapolis Wednesday at the American Legion convention, Romney made a joke, then expressed concern about the storm.

"I appreciate this invitation to join you on dry land this afternoon," he said, drawing laughs. "Our thoughts are, of course, with the people of the Gulf Coast states. Seven years ago today, they were bracing for Hurricane Katrina. This afternoon they are enduring Isaac."

He continued: "We're grateful that it appears Isaac will spare them from the kind of damage we saw during Katrina, but for many in the Gulf Coast who just finished repairing their homes and are getting a life back to normal, this must be a heavy burden. So today our thoughts are with them, our prayers go out to them, and our country must do all we can to help them recover."

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Louisiana • Mitt Romney
soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. LIP

    Remember Katrina and the devastation and the Bush bashing when he was blamed for a storm of epic proportions that exposed the years of poor dike design and neglect and overconfidence, which all happened a hundred years before Bush. Remember Louis Farakan claiming a conspiracy by the government and Bush to intentionally plan for this to happen? Where is all the media hype and Democratic liberal demogagory now? Why the silence when flooding occurred in the same places and left thousand homeless and numerous deaths and it isn't over and won't be for a long time to come. The silence is deafening and why hasn't Obama gone to the gulf and instead Romney is going because this is the sort of thing he does...he helps people and he does it because he truly cares.

    August 31, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. SokrMom

    I'm sure a man as fantastically wealthy as Romney will be making a seven-digit contribution to the storm relief fund.

    August 31, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. warren

    new flash rommey. You are not president! Stop trying do his job. You have not gotten it yet. And pray evil self does not

    August 31, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. truth hurts

    Good job Romney. Show them we are all Americans and will help them out in their time of need.

    August 31, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. RB IN VA

    Wow this guy is so arrogant . He thinks he's the President already . Got news for you Mittens keep dreaming . After looking at you looking like a robot on stage at the RNC . Why go down there and cause logistic problems making a bad situation worst . Let the people down there do their job without all the distractions . There's never a photo op you won't miss . I'm from Richmond , Va . Glad you cancelled your trip here . Tired of seeing your face on the local news . Plus Va will go blue for a second time believe me .

    August 31, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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