Mitt Romney has visited an emergency centre in hurricane-damaged Louisiana, a day after accepting the Republican nomination for US president.
Mr Romney attended a Friday rally with running mate Paul Ryan in Florida before cancelling a campaign stop in Virginia and diverting to the South.
Mr Romney travelled on his new campaign plane to Louisiana, at the invitation of the state's Republican Governor Bobby Jindal.
The two spent almost an hour meeting local officials and first responders on Friday.
"I'm here to learn and obviously to draw some attention to what's going on here," Mr Romney told the governor, "so that people around the country know that people down here need help."
The presidential candidate shook hands with National Guardsman and met residents who had lost their homes in the storm.
"He just told me to, um, there's assistance out there," resident Jodie Chiarello said. "He's good. He'll do the best for us, you know. He speaks to our best interests at heart."
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