Romney Tours Storm Damage In Louisiana

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GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is in the New Orleans area today touring areas damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

Romney Tours Storm Damage In Louisiana

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is in the New Orleans area today touring areas damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

"I'm here to learn," Romney said in Louisiana.

Romney and Gov. Bobby Jindal will meet with first responders and check out damage in the Lafitte area of Jefferson Parish. As Isaac, now a tropical depression, churned its way to the Gulf Coast earlier this week, Romney and GOP officials attending the party's convention in Tampa mention urged people to donate to the Red Cross.

President Obama will travel to Louisiana on Monday, the White House announced today.

Residents of Louisiana and Mississippi are dealing with Isaac's impact. Several deaths have been reported, and the levees near New Orleans are holding.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., sent out a statement criticizing Romney's visit as the "height of hypocrisy," charging the budget plan by GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan would cut funding for disaster relief.

"It's sad that some see these heartbreaking events as opportunities to distort his (Ryan's) record and play politics," said Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck. "A Romney-Ryan administration will always ensure that disaster aid is there for those in need. Period."

Fresh from the GOP convention, Romney and Ryan held a post-convention rally this morning in Lakeland, Fla., before hitting the campaign trail separately.

USA TODAY's Jackie Kucinich is traveling with Romney and will have more later.