Biden postpones Florida travel over Isaac

Olivier Knox
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Melanie Martinez holds the family cat, which they have renamed Isaac, after salvaging items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and her mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. They only were able to rescue Isaac today who survived six days without food at the flooded home. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Tampa - Vice President Joe Biden, who had scaled back planned campaign events in Florida this week because of the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac, has postponed his visit to the state altogether, the Obama campaign announced Saturday.

"Due to the statewide state of emergency declared in Florida, Vice President Biden's travel to Orlando and St. Augustine, Florida on Tuesday, August 28 for campaign events has been postponed," the campaign said in a statement. It was released shortly after the Republican National Committee said the party's convention events set for Monday would would now be postponed.

"This change in schedule is being taken to ensure that all law enforcement and emergency management resources across the state can continue their focus on ensuring the safety of those who might be impacted by the storm," the campaign said.

Biden had initially been slated to visit Tampa and other cities in Florida as part of an effort to counter the Republican message as the party readies to formally nominate Mitt Romney as its presidential candidate.