Updated 08/31/2012 08:42 PM
Decision 2012: Romney Surveys Isaac Damage, Obama Marks Iraq Anniversary
Following Thursday night's conclusion to the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney traveled to Louisiana, where he viewed damage with Gov. Bobby Jindal and thanked first responders for their work. Meanwhile, President Obama marked an anniversary of the end of the combat mission in Iraq. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
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Fresh off accepting the Republican nomination for president, Mitt Romney on Friday headed to the gulf coast to tour damage from Hurricane Isaac.
After rallying his party Thursday, Mitt Romney talked to a different group in Lakeland, Fla. on Friday: President Barack Obama's supporters from four years ago.
"I know they're here," he said. "They're not as visible as they used to be. You can see some of the glue on the back of the bumper sticker where it used to be. And so you can find them and convince them to get on our team and to help us."
He then scrapped a trip to Virginia to tour hurricane-damaged parts of Louisiana, where the president will survey next week.
When the balloons dropped on the Republicans' official standard-bearer, Obama ceded the spotlight.
Hours later, he fired back, reminding voters of what catapulted him to office in the first place: opposition to the Iraq war.
He was marking two years of troops leaving.
The White House called it an official event but probably wouldn't object if it ended up swayed undecided voters.
"Some thought that the end of combat was just word games and semantics," Obama said. "But I meant what I said."
The President also had a pumped-up response for what many Republicans have argued: that America, under his leadership, is waning.
"American's greatest days are yet to come," he said. "We remain the greatest force for freedom the world has ever known."
He also made sure to mention Afghanistan, which his advisors note wasn't in Romney's speech.
The GOP banks on this being an election about the economy and its VP pick, Paul Ryan, is again saying the President's soaring speeches won't bring back jobs.
"Ladies and gentlemen, our problem is that we have not heard enough words in the White House," Ryan said. "Our problem is that we had not had enough leadership in the White House."
On the other side, Vice President Joe Biden was drawing attention to a discredited line in Ryan's speech, that an auto plant in his hometown shuttered on Obama's watch. It actually happened before the President was sworn in.
Obama's team is seizing on those kinds of disputed lines as evidence that Romney can't be trusted.
The Democrats' convention in Charlotte opens Tuesday. Expect them to continue those arguments on the bigger stage.