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11:58 AM, Aug 31, 2012   |    comments
Mitt Romney pauses while speaking during the final day of the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum August 29, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)
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(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will travel to Lafitte, Louisiana Friday to view storm damage from Hurricane Isaac after his joint morning event with Paul Ryan in Lakeland, Florida, according to his campaign.

Romney will join Gov. Bobby Jindal and meet with first responders to thank them for their work, as well as see areas affected by the storm in Lafitte.

Lafitte is located just south of New Orleans and experienced heavy floods from the Category 1 hurricane that tore through the area on Tuesday.

Romney, who accepted his party's nomination for president Thursday night, has canceled his campaign appearance at an event in Richmond, Virginia later Friday, but will still be at the morning rally with Ryan in Florida. Ryan, meanwhile, will continue on to Richmond.

After taking a break from Tampa to speak in Indianapolis Wednesday at the American Legion convention, Romney made a joke, then expressed concern about the storm.

"I appreciate this invitation to join you on dry land this afternoon," he said, drawing laughs. "Our thoughts are, of course, with the people of the Gulf Coast states. Seven years ago today, they were bracing for Hurricane Katrina. This afternoon they are enduring Isaac."

He continued: "We're grateful that it appears Isaac will spare them from the kind of damage we saw during Katrina, but for many in the Gulf Coast who just finished repairing their homes and are getting a life back to normal, this must be a heavy burden. So today our thoughts are with them, our prayers go out to them, and our country must do all we can to help them recover."

(CNN)

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