I was going to wait until I had actual dates, time and locations to blog this but no harm, setting up the outline. Mitt Romney gained a lot of good press and voter good-will when he went on his “Every Town Counts” bus tour in June. Now he is reprising that formula with his Vice President nominee along with a fiend or two (namely Ohio’s Rob Portman) around the Battlegrounds. The major focus will be Ohio getting 3 full days attention (this Ohio’s important?). National Journal sets the stage:
Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan will focus on Ohio next week, with a three-day bus tour through the crucial battleground state, the campaign announced. The tour, entitled the “Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class,” will take place Monday through Wednesday, with stops in six major cities. Ryan will kick off the tour with stops in Lima and Cincinnati on Monday and Tuesday. Romney will campaign on Tuesday and Wednesday in Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo. It was unclear whether the two would campaign together at any point.
Other states expected to be hit are mention in this Wall Street Journal glass-half-empty profile of the renewed focus:
Mr. Romney will hit the campaign trail harder than he has since the party conventions began at the end of August, with public events in Florida, Nevada, Colorado and Ohio in the next week.
The campaign can expect to hammer home a new theme emerging out of the secret fundraising tape the media thought was the Zapruder film:
“The question of this campaign is not who cares about the poor and the middle class,” Mr. Romney said Wednesday in Atlanta. “I do. He does,” he said, referring to himself and Mr. Obama. “The question is who can help the poor and the middle class. I can. He can’t.” … The campaign dipped into its stockpile of money Wednesday for new ads that seek to fan concerns about Mr. Obama’s environmental policies, particularly in Virginia and Ohio, by featuring coal miners accusing him of attacking the industry.