July 25, 2012
Louisiana is hardly in political jeopardy in terms of the Republican ticket in the fall, but it’s nevertheless a good thing that the presidential candidates are at least setting foot in the state.
Republican candidate Mitt Romney lunched Monday with 40 big fundraisers — either donors or those who have raised $50,000 for his campaign — at Baton Rouge’s City Club.
Next week, President Barack Obama will talk to the Urban League in New Orleans.
It’s not actually campaigning in Louisiana — both campaigns have seen the state more as a place to raise money than as an actual campaign venue — but at least it is some exposure of the president and his challenger to Louisiana issues.
Romney expressed admiration for the education changes that Gov. Bobby Jindal has pushed in the state.
He also took note of the expansion of public charter schools in New Orleans.
“Those kids have seen a doubling of the number that read and do math at grade level now that they’re in charter schools over the last five years,” Romney said. “A doubling in their success rate. It’s really remarkable.” For the Democrats’ part, party Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson said the Obama administration has fulfilled the president’s pledges to support the state’s recovery.
At the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday, around the corner from the Romney event, she said that the parade of Cabinet secretaries — transportation, housing, education and so forth — to the state has meant high-level backing for Louisiana projects.
“He’s made good on that,” she said of the president’s pledges to support the state’s recovery from the devastating hurricanes of 2005.
We were happy to see Romney in town, and hope that the president will also have a visit here which at least touches on our parochial concerns in Louisiana.