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Obama to visit hurricane-damaged Louisiana amid campaign events


14:47, September 01, 2012

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will visit the state of Louisiana next Monday to survey the damage done by Hurricane Isaac this week, which was now downgraded as a tropical storm, said the White House on Friday, when his challenger Mitt Romney detoured to the state.

The president will leave for a campaign event in Toledo, Ohio first next Monday, skip another one before paying a visit to Louisiana, announced the White House spokesman Jay Carney aboard Air Force One as Obama flew to Texas on Friday to address U.S. troops.

During the stay in the hard-hit state of Louisiana, Obama will meet with local officials, assessing the impact of Isaac which made landfall in the state Tuesday night as a hurricane, and weakened to a tropical storm on Wednesday and was further downgraded to a tropical depression on Thursday.

The announcement came shortly after Republican presidential nominee Romney's campaign announced he would visit Louisiana on Friday, between two previously announced campaign stops. Romney accepted the nomination on Thursday night at the Republican National Convention held in Tampa, Florida.

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