Obama Tours Storm-Ravaged Louisiana

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama left the campaign trail on the eve of his party's nominating convention to visit with Louisiana residents hard-hit by Hurricane Isaac.

Mr. Obama toured St. John the Baptist Parish Monday, about 50 kilometers outside of New Orleans, and met with residents. Some parish neighborhoods flooded during the storm, forcing some residents to flee to their rooftops to await rescue.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Obama rallied blue collar workers in the nation's heartland, giving a Labor Day holiday address to unionized auto workers in Toledo, Ohio. He cited the U.S. auto industry's comeback as a success for his administration, telling workers he's willing to bet on them “any day of the week.”

The Democratic National Convention – where Mr. Obama will be formally nominated for a second term – opens Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney said Labor Day was “a chance to celebrate the strong American work ethic.” But he said that for many jobless Americans it is “another day of worrying” when their next paycheck will come.

Many voters say the key issue for them remains the country's struggling economy. Surveys of eligible voters show Mr. Obama in a virtual tie with Mr. Romney.