Obama's focus on government aid as he visits storm-damaged region

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LaPLACE, La. (AP) - Today's visit by President Barack Obama to hurricane-ravaged Louisiana is highlighting the differences between his view of the role of government and the view of Mitt 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."

Utilities say more than 100,000 homes and businesses in the state are still without electricity, almost a week after the storm hit the Gulf Coast. Power is also out to thousands in Mississippi and Arkansas.

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