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US Election Updates - September 1, 2012

Romney makes post-convention trip to storm-hit Louisiana

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made an unscheduled visit to Louisiana on Friday to examine the damage from Hurricane Isaac.

His trip comes a day after he accepted his party's nomination to face President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.

After taking part in a rally with running mate Paul Ryan in Florida, Romney canceled a campaign stop in Virginia and headed to New Orleans.

Hurricane Isaac caused heavy flooding in areas around the city and damage across the Gulf Coast, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.

Obama's Republican predecessor in the White House, George W. Bush, was slated for his administration's sluggish initial response to the destruction caused by Katrina.

A former Bush administration official, who chose to remain anonymous, said Romney was wise in planning his own visit to the region.

"Part of running for president is to look like a president," the former official said. "If you're going to ask voters to vote for you and trust you for four years, it helps if they can visualize you doing the job in similar settings as presidents."

Obama has also set out to prove his sound handling of the response to Isaac. He made numerous references to the storm during campaign stops this week, adding that he was in regular contact with federal agencies.

Romney’s visit preceded Obama's own trip to the region, which is scheduled for Monday.