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Friday, August 31, 2012

Romney to Visit Hurricane Zone in Louisiana


LAKELAND, Fla. - Fresh off his acceptance of the Republican nomination for president, Mitt Romney will make a last-minute trip to Louisiana on Friday to tour areas damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

The trip, to the bayou region south of New Orleans, will have a decidedly presidential feel. Mr. Romney plans to meet with Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a Republican, and stop by an emergency command center.

The Romney campaign announced the schedule change on Friday morning, as the candidate was en route to this city along Florida's heavily populated and politically significant I-4 corridor, a belt of interstate that stretches from Daytona Beach to Tampa, where the Republicans wrapped up their convention on Thursday night.

Mr. Romney is set to deliver remarks here to a crowd of several hundred people, who gathered early Friday morning to see the candidate in his first campaign rally since his acceptance speech.