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. Rudy NYC

    The residents appreciate the gesture, Mitt. But, there was some merit to George W. Bush doing a fly over of New Orleans after Katrina hit. He was out of the way. State and local police forces would have been consumed with providing security had he landed, when those resources we desparetely needed to provide aid to residents.

    If you want to put your feet on the ground, Mitt, give it some time to stabilize. Do a touch a go at an airport. Land. Speak to the press. Leave with a promise of support and an imminent return visit.

    August 31, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |

    Why don't you contribute some of your ill gotten gains to disaster relief ,its probably tax payer money anyway ?????

    August 31, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. mcskadittle

    to do what campaign?

    August 31, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Cam Spurgeon

    Can't get over the politics of this. UGH>>Yesterday he was making jokes about having dry land to be on.

    August 31, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    This guy just oozes class.

    August 31, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Martha in CF

    Mitt is going to survey storm damage!!!!!!! What can he do about it? Absolutely nothing......Obama has already responded about 4 days back before the storm even hit.....

    August 31, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Cheeseman

    Gee, I didn't know we already held the election and Mitt Romney was the President already.

    August 31, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. GetRealMitt

    Really? Why? To look presidential?

    August 31, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. sarge

    and what is he going to do? Blow hot air?

    August 31, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Annie

    He can't do anything....just a photo op!

    August 31, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Romney doesnt need to be here..period!

    August 31, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. CBR

    Interesting news. The sentiment is nice but when candidates and others come to view the damage they are causing a distraction. Once again LA has been hit hard. It is a time to put politics aside and just work to clean up from the storm.

    Let the responders do their jobs with interruption.

    August 31, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Walk Among Us

    I can't wait for whatever idiotic observations he decides to share. Like when he visited Israel. Maybe he'll find a "cultural" explanation for the weather off the gulf.

    August 31, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. California Gary

    The people impacted by the storm better get their assistance requests from the federal government in quickly......if Romney and Ryan win the election, the government will be downsized, and after giving tax cuts to those wealthy "job creators", there won't be anything left for the little people that need help. Did everyone notice that when Romney mentioned helping the poor and needy in his speech, the hall fell silent? They had no idea what he was talking about......nor did they care.

    August 31, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Ken

    OH PLEASE! As if these people would ever matter to Mitt.

    August 31, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Mark

    More like Mitt is going down to LA for Jindal Stump Support.

    August 31, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. mrpopular

    What a real leader would do. Way to go Mitt!

    August 31, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. James Mason

    Wow! I wonder if he'll fly over it at 10,000 feet!

    August 31, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Allan Smith

    Where is obama? I hear he will be campaigning in Texas. The man is pathetic.

    August 31, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. thinkergal

    Seven years ago today Katrina had hit.

    August 31, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. A Kickin` Donkey

    Why? Is he pretending to be the President?

    Thankfully for Jindal & the citizens of the Gulf states, the highly competent Obama Administration has proven itself to be all over these types of national disasters. This is a far cry from the last Republican administration.

    Whether its post Katrina hurricannes, to the panic that brewed around the H1N1 virus, to the expert management of the rupture of the Horizon oil well [including putting BP on the $20B+ hook] our President has served the resident of those states, this country, and the world community well.

    Mitt Romney could learn a thing or two from Mr. Barack Obama.

    August 31, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Anonymous

    In what capacity does this guy visit this area? Just what position does he hold that merits him being there at a time like this? So does just any private citizen get a tour fom Jindal and his cronies or just those looking for photo ops for future campaign commercials. Just how fraudulent can these republicans be?

    August 31, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. jdoe

    What's next? Romney declares a state of emergency?

    August 31, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Liz

    Strange to see him crack a joke about dry land which I find is slightly poor taste but the strangest part is his the country must do all it can to help them when that goes against his entire Party Platform stance of less government and super cuts. Prayer is good to help the soul but it wont help those with physical and monetary losses.

    August 31, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. K.C.

    Very presidential. During times like these, someone has to be presidential.

    August 31, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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