JEAN LAFITTE, La. (AP) — Mitt Romney says he went to Louisiana today to learn, and to draw attention to the plight of residents who've been flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Isaac.
On his first trip after the Republican National Convention, Romney met along a highway with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (JIN'-dul) and talked about the challenges facing the stricken area. His motorcade inched through water that, at some points, was a foot or more deep.
Isaac has left more than 800,000 in Louisiana people without power.
At one point, Romney and Jindal talked to a man in waders and a straw hat who was holding a neon yellow sign that read, "Mitt Is Our Man." The man complained about the area's lack of protection from flooding.
With Romney in Louisiana, running mate Paul Ryan traveled solo to the key battleground state of Virginia, telling supporters in Richmond that after four years of economic troubles, it was time for a change.
254-a-14-(Congressman Paul Ryan, D-Wis., GOP vice presidential candidate, at campaign rally)-"need our help (cheers fade)"-GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says Mitt Romney is touring Louisiana to see the damage done by Hurricane Isaac. (31 Aug 2012)
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APPHOTO VAMA107: Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks during a campaign event, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (31 Aug 2012)
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APPHOTO WX105: FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. The Republican convention sent Mitt Romney into the fall campaign on a high note, thanks to Romney's strong acceptance speech, a diverse tableau of speakers and a fractious party unified in its goal of defeating President Barack Obama. But the convention likely won't provide a lasting boost for the Republican ticket, thanks to Hurricane Isaac, some high-profile speech flops and continued questions over how the party would tackle issues like Medicare and spending cuts. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) (31 Aug 2012)
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