Baton Rouge paper tells Clinton: Visit Louisiana if you want to be president
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A leading Louisiana newspaper is calling on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Poll: Warren leads Biden in Maine by 12 points MORE to visit the state following flood devastation there.

"If she wants to be president, Hillary Clinton should act like one, come to Louisiana," reads the headline from the Baton Rouge-based newspaper, The Advocate.


The newspaper's editorial published online late Thursday says Clinton has "made a bad decision avoiding Louisiana since the waters receded."

Clinton said earlier this week that she would visit the area when it was clear that her campaign wouldn't "disrupt" the emergency response. She called for resources to help those affected and has asked followers online to contribute to relief efforts.

But The Advocate called for "active engagement" from the major presidential candidates to assess the needs in the state after the deadly flooding. 

President Obama visited Baton Rouge on Tuesday to see first-hand the devastation after flooding damaged some 40,000 homes, displaced thousands and left 13 dead.
The Louisiana newspaper had called on Obama to visit the area a week earlier, urging him to cut short his two-week vacation on Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
Obama stressed this week that the flooding response was "not a photo-op issue," defended the federal response, and urged the public to stay engaged in the relief effort.