Romney’s `Believe in America’ Tour Starts in the Path of Hurricane Isaac

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Mitt Romney and his family on their newly painted campaign plane following the RNC convention.

“Believe in America,” reads the slogan painted across Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s new campaign plane — the one heading straight to Louisiana for a tour of the storm damage left by Hurricane Isaac.

Romney, who accepted his party’s nomination for president in Tampa last night, apparently will beat President Barack Obama to the scene of flooding from a Category One storm that delayed the start of his party’s convention for a day.

The destination: Lafitte, La., a low-lying community that often finds itself at the bottom of a storm surge.

In Louisiana, Romney plans to meet with Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Republican once seen as one of his party’s new national prospects — until he delivered a widely panned response to the president’s State of the Union address.

Romney and running mate Paul Ryan started with a rally this morning in Lakeland, Florida, in the heart of the swing-voting Interstate 4 corridor of Florida in which the Sunshine State’s presidential elections often are settled. From there, Ryan is bound for Virginia, a state that Obama narrowly won in 2008 — the first Democrat to do so since the 1960s — and which the Republicans are attempting to reclaim.

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