Obama: Help is on the way to hurricane zone

11:56 PM, Sep 3, 2012   |    comments
Floodwaters from Hurricane Isaac cover road, Lafitte, Louisiana
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- More than 100,000 people remain without power in Louisiana and Mississippi nearly a week after Hurricane Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast.

The deluge still has some low-lying areas under water.

President Barack Obama visited the area Monday, telling one resident in St. John the Baptist Parish: "I know it's a mess, but we're here to help." Mr. Obama said federal officials would make sure they are "on the case very quickly" to assess what happened and how to respond.

The visit highlighted the differences between his view of the role of government and the view of Romney. Obama's focus has been on what the government has done and can do to help people recover. Romney, during his Friday visit, spoke of the need for charitable donations.

As Obama flew to Louisiana, his spokesman said Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, had led an effort last year to reduce the money available for disaster relief.

An aide to Ryan responds that disaster aid should be part of a "fiscally responsible budget."

Associated Press

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