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US Election Updates - September 4, 2012

Obama visits storm-hit Louisiana

U.S. President Barack Obama paid a visit to Louisiana on Monday to assess the damage from Hurricane Isaac.

The Gulf Coast state is still struggling to deal with severe flooding and electricity cuts as thousands of evacuees remain in shelters.

Seven people, five in New Orleans and two in Mississippi, were killed as a result of the storm.

Isaac hit New Orleans exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

In New Orleans, Obama was met by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and city Mayor Mitch Landrieu before heading off to St John the Baptist Parish.

His visit follows his Republican rival Mitt Romney’s trip to the state on Friday.

According to political analysts, the two candidates’ visits highlight the differences in the way they respectively perceive the function of government.

Obama’s remarks about the storm have focused on the money and resources that the federal government can disburse.

Meanwhile, Romney used his visit to emphasize on the role that charitable donations could play in assisting the region and its residents.

Since Hurricane Isaac hit last week, Democrats have turned the issue to their advantage, slating Romney and his running mate Congressman Paul Ryan, whose budget had proposed cutting $10 billion a year in disaster spending.

Republican leaders had blocked that proposal while Romney has not stated whether he agreed with the cuts.