Romney to visit storm-damaged Louisiana

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will head to Louisiana today to tour damage from Hurricane Isaac.

Romney has scheduled a last-minute visit to Lafitte, where he will tour damage with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. The storm canceled the first day of Romney’s Republican convention, and his campaign has been considering a visit for several days.

Romney was supposed to fly from Tampa to Virginia for a campaign appearance today with running mate Paul Ryan. Instead, Ryan is making that trip alone.

Heavy rains and flooding have contributed to at least five deaths in Louisiana and Mississippi this week after the slow-moving storm knocked out power in whole neighborhoods.

In Louisiana, Romney will thank emergency first responders for their work.

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