(LAKELAND, Fla.) — In a last minute change of plans, Mitt Romney will head to visit storm affected areas in Louisiana on Friday, skipping a previously scheduled joint rally with Paul Ryan in the battleground state of Virginia Friday afternoon.
A Romney aide told ABC News that Romney will “join [Lousiana] Gov. [Bobby] Jindal and will meet with first responders, thank them for their work and see areas impacted by the storm in LaFitte, La.”
Jindal cancelled his plans earlier this week to attend the Republican National Convention after Hurricane Isaac moved up the Gulf Coast and wreaked damage across Louisiana. There have so far been two reported deaths in Louisiana as a result of the storm and widespread damage and flooding. The storm hit on the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
The Romney campaign had been working to determine how they could visit the region throughout the week, and made the announcement on Friday. It’s also the same day that Romney was outfitted with his new campaign plane. The trip to Louisiana will be its maiden voyage.
Later on Friday, White House press secretary Jay Carney announced aboard Air Force One that President Obama will visit Louisiana on Monday to meet with officials and those impacted by the hurricane.
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