Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney landed in Jean Lafitte, La., on Friday, to tour areas ravaged by Hurricane Isaac. Romney had been invited by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who told the Associated Press and other media outlets that President Barack Obama had received the same invitation and that both men were equally welcome. President Obama is expected to tour the region on Monday.
The stop in Louisiana was one of the newly minted GOP candidate's first actions since accepting his party's nomination for president on Thursday evening. Earlier Friday, Romney made a quick campaign stop in Lakeland, Fla., with running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, before heading to Louisiana.
Here is some of the key information to emerge from Romney's tour of the damage caused by Hurricane Isaac.
* According to an NBC News/Associated Press/Reuters report, Jindal took Romney to the Lafitte area in Jefferson Parish. Romney reportedly told onlookers that he wanted to come see the aftermath of the storm, and that he was hoping to focus a spotlight on the area "so that people around the country know that people down here need help."
* His visit was not met with universal approval, however. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) issued a statement to the media on Friday, in which he said that the candidate's trip to Louisiana was the "height of hypocrisy," and alleged that Ryan's budget plan would have ensured that "under a Romney/Ryan administration, we would not have been prepared to respond to Hurricane Isaac," as quoted by the Washington Post.
* Romney spokesman Ken Madden told reporters that Romney's visit to the hard-hit region could place an emphasis "on the needs of the affected region, particularly the need for charitable donations and resources to aid relief efforts," as quoted by the Associated Press.
* Jindal told the Associated Press and other media outlets on Friday that he was happy to have both Romney and Obama visit Louisiana, saying that "We're not talking politics. That's not the right time to do that. We're solely focused on the hurricane and the response."
* Hurricane Isaac, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, caused at least $700 million in damages, according to early estimates, and dumped as much as 18.7 inches of rain in less than 24 hours in the hardest-hit areas, according to NBC News/AP/Reuters.
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