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Romney Bus Barnstorming the Battlegrounds

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.

Lining the Streets to See Romney in Ohio

With the newness of  VP Paul Ryan being much of the focus of this blog the last couple of days, you could easily forget that the man at the top of the ticket is drawing excessive crowds to his events these days as well.

Here is the image of the crowd in Chillicothe, Ohio on Romney’s last stop of the 4-day 5-state “Stronger Middle Class” bus tour:

Romney-Ryan Bus Tour Itinerary

With the addition of Paul Ryan to the ticket, the Romney “Stronger Middle Class” bus tour has made a few adjustments.

Sunday August 12, North Carolina

  • Mitt and Paul were in Mooresville, North Carolina this morning
  • 2pm — High Point with gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory before detouring for a welcome home rally for the new Vice President nominee.
  • 4pm — The scheduled rally in Morrisville, North Carolina will continued as planned with Matt Romney and Pat McCrory hosting the festivities.  Doors open at 3:00 PM and the event begins at 4:00 PM. You can RSVP here.

Sunday August 12, Wisconsin

  • 5:30pm —Waukesha: America’s Comeback Team will rally to welcome home native son Paul Ryan following his selection to be Mitt Romney’s Vice President. Doors open at 4:00 PM and the event begins at 5:30 PM To RSVP and get your ticket, click here.

Monday, August 13, Florida

  • 8am — St. Augustine: Doors open at 7 AM and the event begins at 8 AM. To RSVP and get your ticket, please click here.
  • 5pm — Miami: Doors open at 3:00 PM and the event begins at 5:00 PM. To RSVP and get your ticket, please click here.

Tuesday, August 14, Ohio

  • 12:30pm — Beallsville: Romney-Ryan is scheduled to stage a major rally at the Century Mine in Belmont County. The rally will be held near Beallsville for coal miners of Eastern Ohio. More than 2,500 people are expected to attend.
  • 3:30pm — Zanesville: Doors Open at 2:30 PM and the event begins at 3:30 PM. RSVP here.
  • 7pm — Chillicothe: Doors open at 5:00 PM and the event begins at 7:00 PM. To RSVP and get your ticket, please click here.

Note: Unaffiliated with the bus tour at least for now, the grand opening of the Romney Victory office in Lima is scheduled for 11:30am

Welcome Home Event for Romney-Ryan in Wisconsin Tomorrow

UPDATE: Full Romney bus tour itinerary as of Sunday morning here.

Maintaining his original schedule to tour North Carolina tomorrow, the Romney campaign will divert the campaign stops to Wisconsin to welcome home its newly minted Vice President candidate, Paul Ryan:

Mitt Romney And Paul Ryan Campaign In North Carolina And Wisconsin

Boston, MA – On Sunday, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will continue “The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class” bus tour in North Carolina and Wisconsin. They will attend a Victory rally at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, North Carolina, and hold an event at Absolute Style in High Point, North Carolina. They will then hold a homecoming rally at the Waukesha County Expo Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The following events are open to the press…

Event: Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan Hold Waukesha Homecoming Rally

Waukesha County Expo Center
1000 Northview Road
Waukesha, Wisconsin

 Doors Open:  4:00 PM CDT

 Invite Time: 5:30 PM CDT

 Program Time: 6:05 PM CDT

RSVP at attend here.

Paul Ryan to be Romney’s Vice President? Announcement Tomorrow 9am

UPDATE: Here is the specific site for the Romney bus tour Norfolk RSVP.

* Per Twitter: BREAKIN: Fox News is reporting that Mitt Romney has chosen Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate! (same organization that got Supremes Obamacare ruling wrong fwiw)

The interwebs are aflutter with Mitt Romney scheduled to announce his Vice President nominee tomorrow in Norfolk Virginia when he tours the USS Wisconsin as part of his 4-state bus tour.  USS “Wisconsin”?  Sounds like Paul Ryan and plenty of people have details that play into that idea:

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that the Romney campaign has begun to prepare a vigorous effort in support of Paul Ryan if he is selected as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick—something now likely to happen soon. For example, GOP officials tell THE WEEKLY STANDARD that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is among a group of Republicans who has been asked to be ready, in terms of his schedule and other practical preparations, to make the case publicly for a Romney-Ryan ticket as early as Saturday.

We’ve blogged plenty of info on Ryan which you can check out below:

Romney Bus Tour Ohio Stops Announced

UPDATE: Full Romney bus tour itinerary as of Sunday morning here.

Two stops in Ohio have been formally announced thus far:

When: August 14, 2012 – 6:00pm
Where: 2 North Paint Street , Chillicothe, OH 45601, Get Directions
To RSVP and get your ticket, please visit http://mi.tt/MphORN
Doors open at 6:00 PM | Event Begins at 7:00 PM
When: August 14, 2012 – 2:30pm
Where: 532 McIntire Avenue, Zanesville, OH 43701, Get Directions
Join Our Team for a Victory Rally as Part of the “Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class” Bus Tour with Mitt Romney and the Republican Team!
Doors Open at 2:30 PM | Event Begins at 3:30 PM

Romney Bus Tour Virginia Itinerary

UPDATE: Here is the specific site for the Norfolk RSVP.

Here is the link for my Ryan VP announcement with multiple Ryan posts.


Day 1 of the Romney bus tour kicks off in the Old Dominion State where Romney hopes to capitalize on the recent WTOP poll showing Romney competitive in heavily populated Northern Virginia:

On Saturday Mitt Romney will start a four-state bus trip.  The first stop will be in Virginia where the presumptive republican nominee for president will make 4 campaign appearances, the last one in Manassas at 4:15 pm. Tickets are needed for the events.  For more information click here.

This is a list of the locations and times for Gov. Romney’s visit to the Commonwealth:

  • 8:45 am: Governor Romney Tours USS Wisconsin, Norfolk, Virginia
  • 9:05am:  Governor Romney Attends Norfolk Victory Rally at the Nauticus Museum.  Doors open to the public at 7:45am for this event.
  • 12:50pm:  Governor Romney Drops By Homemades by Suzanne in Ashland, Virginia.  He also makes remarks outside the business,  doors open at 11:30am.
  • 4:15pm:  Governor Romney Attends Manassas Victory Rally at the Harris Pavilion on Center Street.  Doors open to the public at 2:45pm.

This bus tour starts just 17 days before the Republican National Convention begins in Tampa, Florida.   All eyes are on who Romney will pick for his Vice-Presidential running mate.  Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has been named as a possible choice for Romney.   When asked about the possibility earlier this week in Dale City, McDonnell was non-committal.

Romney Bus Tour Hits St. Augustine, Florida Monday Morning 8am

UPDATE: Full Romney bus tour itinerary as of Sunday morning here.

Details are still emerging from the bus tour commencing Saturday but here are some details on the Florida leg:

Mitt Romney’s four-state bus tour, which starts Saturday in Virginia and hits Florida Monday, will begin with an 8 a.m. rally in St. Augustine. There’s no word yet from the Romney campaign about when it will hit Orlando, a stop previously confirmed by Political Pulse, or any other stop in Florida. The Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald are reporting Miami also is on the itinerary

The Romney campaign is promoting the St. Augustine stop, at 74 King St. in Flagler College, as the first Florida event on the  “’Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class’ Bus Tour with Mitt Romney and the Republican Team.” U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, still in the running as a potential vice presidential running mate for Romney, and U.S. Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, also are expected.

Obama’s “Bus Tour of Broken Promises”

If plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery, give President Obama credit for jumping on the Mitt Romney bus … tour that is.  Following Romney’s successful Battleground state bus tour, President Obama announced his own 2-day bus tour of Pennsylvania and Ohio.  Obama will stop in the Toledo area sometime Thursday to kick off the tour before heading to Western Pennsylvania Friday.

Welcoming President Obama to these states are Senators Rob Portman (Ohio) and Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania)  who wrote a “pre-buttal” memo to highlight Obama’s broken promises to these states:

We welcome him, and we hope he takes time to learn about how the private sector is actually doing and about the challenges facing our constituents in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Voters want an explanation: Why did he fail to live up to the many promises he made to them in his last campaign and during his time in office? As both a candidate and newly-inaugurated president, President Obama outlined a number of specific, quantifiable promises. He said he intended to be judged by these promises, and urged voters to hold him accountable.

When the President pushed his trillion dollar stimulus bill, he and his team promised it would reduce the unemployment rate to around 5.6 percent by today. Of course, in reality, we’ve endured an unemployment rate above 8 percent for 40 straight months—the worst employment numbers in 30 years and a clear policy failure. Today, the unemployment rate is 8.2 percent, 2.6 percentage points higher than promised. What would it mean if he had delivered on that promise? 8.4 million more Americans would have jobs.

This is a promise gap: a clear and demonstrable difference between what the president promised to voters and what he actually delivered. He made a promise on nearly every critical issue of the day—employment, energy, healthcare, housing, and the deficit—that our lives would be better off today if his policies were enacted. By his own standards, he has fallen far short on each and every issue. And by his own admission, such shortcomings are cause for Americans to make his presidency a “one-term proposition.”

President Obama’s campaign knows he has fallen short. They know he has disappointed the American people. You can see it in their ads and in their stump speeches. They are filled with excuses and distortions. They cast blame everywhere and take zero responsibility for the failing economy, the broken healthcare system, the terrible housing market, our lack of an energy policy, and our skyrocketing debt. Instead of “the buck stops here,” they seem to be saying, “the buck stops over there.”

The timing of the tour coincides with the release of new jobs and economic data. On Thursday, ADP releases its jobs survey followed by weekly jobless claims. Additionally, the ISM non-manufacturing report comes out later that morning.  After today’s manufacturing report signaled a contraction in the economy (the worst report in three years), these economic reports gain added importance as we approach election day. Friday’s report is the grand-daddy of statistical releases with the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s monthly unemployment report.  Little improvement over last month’s poor result is expected but all eyes will be on this important release.

Quick Hits

Romney Superfan gets a new truck thanks to the Romney campaign

Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery: Obama plans battleground states bus tour

The word “Colorado” does not appear in any of the transcripts of the five campaign events Obama has done since June 25

Fifty-one minutes with Senator Marco Rubio — why I really wish he were the Vice President nominee

Rudy Giuliani to campaign for Mitt Romney in Nevada this Friday

Romney leads by +13 in Arizona even after the extra-Constitutional move by Obama

Over 30 Democrats are expected to vote for contempt charges on Attorney General Eric Holder

Romney Momentum in All Six Bus Tour States

Republican National Committee Political Director, Rick Wiley, sent out a memo outlining the advantages Republicans have in each of the states Romney visited on his bus tour –all states Obama won in 2008. I tried to edit out as much of the partisan rhetoric while keeping the very good data. Here is his state by state breakdown:

New Hampshire

  • According to the most recent Granite State Poll, 59 percent of independents disapprove of the president’s job performance. Only 36 percent approve. That’s a steep fall from Obama’s 9-point margin of victory in 2008.
  • In 2010, Republican Kelly Ayotte won a U.S. Senate seat with an impressive 60-37 margin over a sitting congressman, holding the seat for the GOP. Republicans picked up both U.S. House seats and flipped both the State House and State Senate.


  • In 2008, Obama won with an 11-point margin. According to a Quinnipiac poll earlier this month. Forty-nine percent disapprove, compared to 46 percent who approve. Among independents, 53 percent disapprove, while 44 percent approve.
  • In 2010, the GOP picked up a U.S. Senate seat, the governorship, four U.S. House seats, and the State House.
  • In this year’s Democrat primary, over 30 percent of voters in 27 Pennsylvania counties left the presidential portion of the ballot blank. They refused to vote for President Obama–a clear sign of the lack of enthusiasm for the president among his own partisans.
  • Voters believe Gov. Romney would do a better job on the economy than President Obama by a 49-41 margin and the economy is issue number one.


  • This month’s Purple Strategies Poll found that 52 percent of Ohio voters disapprove of Obama’s job performance, and 62 percent believe the country is on the wrong track. Having won Ohio with only 51 percent of the vote in 2008, that’s enough to send Chicago into a panic.
  • In 2010, the GOP swept all statewide offices, picked up the governorship, held an open U.S. Senate seat, and picked up five U.S. House seats.
  • In 2011, Ohio overwhelmingly rejected ObamaCare, the president’s signature legislation, when voters in all 88 counties approved an anti-ObamaCare ballot measure.
  • Coal state voters have abandoned Obama throughout the 2012 primaries. Ohio will likely do the same on Election Day: In Kentucky, 42 percent voted for “uncommitted.” In West Virginia, 41 percent voted for a convicted felon.

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Romney Closes Tour: This is a “defining time”

Five days and six states later Mitt Romney wrapped up his Battleground state bus tour in the state where he was born:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney capped a tour of six swing states along the Lake Michigan shoreline Tuesday night, saying this is a “defining time” for the country. “This president attacks economic freedom. He tries to substitute government for freedom,” the Michigan native told a crowd of 1,500 at the Holland State Park, in the heart of a strongly GOP county. “It will not work to get our economy strong. … I’ll get us strong again.” Romney said the economic recovery is weak and too slow – the slowest since the early 1930s – and said the Democratic president’s policies are to blame.

Romney took aim at Obama’s signature legislative achievement — the federal health care law, one that was based in part on legislation Romney signed when he was governor of Massachusetts. “I’ll take out that big cloud that’s been hanging over small business. We’re going to get rid of Obamacare and return to personal responsibility,” drawing large applause from the crowd. “By the way, that doesn’t just mean that people are going to be off on their own. … We’re also going to make certain the insurance companies have to give people a fair deal.” That means people with pre-existing conditions should not be denied coverage if they get sick or change jobs. Those protections are in the current law signed by Obama. After the speech ended, Romney shook hands and eventually walked with his wife Ann down to the water. They stepped in and enjoyed a walk back to the campaign bus.

Romney Bus Tour: “Every Town Counts” Complete Schedule

A lot of excitement has surrounded the Romney campaign following the announced Battleground state bus tour. Specific dates and details were hard to come by but I have pieced much of it together. I expect to update this post as details emerge.

June 15, New Hampshire (2 stops)

  • Stratham, 10:30am: is the first stop on the tour during which Romney will meet with America’s families and business owners in small towns.  Romney is scheduled to appear at the Scammans’ Bittersweet Farm at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 15. Doors open at 9:30am. To RSVP and to get tickets to Friday’s event in Stratham, visit www.mittromney.com/states/new-hampshire, call 835-4073 or e-mail TeamNH@mittromney.com.
  • Milford, 2pm: Mitt Romney and his wife Ann arrive on the Oval here on Friday, they will be joined by state Sen. Peter Bragdon, a Romney supporter. Romney will be on the Oval here on Friday for what is being billed as an invitation-only ice cream social. Getting an invitation, however, seems easy. According to Milford Police Chief Fred Douglas, the Romney group is slated to arrive on the Oval sometime between 1:30 and 2 p.m. The email invitation sent out by the Romney campaign indicated that “doors” will open to the Oval park area at 1 p.m. and that the social would start at 2.

June 16, Pennsylvania (3 stops)

  • Weatherly, 8:45am: Doors open at 7:45am. RSVP  here. Romney is expected to visit  Weatherly Casting & Machine Co. at 300 Commerce St in the Carbon County borough Saturday.
  • Quakertown, 12:40pm:  Romney will head to Bucks County holding a brief rally at the Wawa gas station, 1960 John Fries Highway in Milford Township on Route 663 near the Quakertown interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Northeast Extension. Sen. Pat Toomey is expected to join the Pennsylvania leg of the bus tour in Quakertown and continue with Romney onto Saturday evening’s rally at Cornwall Iron Furnace.
  • Cornwall, 4:45pm: Romney is rallying at Cornwall Furnace, a Lebanon County charcoal fueled ironmaking complex. Doors open at 3:45pm. Sign up to attend here.

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Romney Bus Tour: New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin

Wisconsin … Boom! (Check out the complete schedule here.)

Mitt Romney announced the “Every Town Counts” bus tour to begin this Friday.  Exact dates for campaign stops now available:  June 15, Stratham New Hampshire; June 16, Pennsylvania; June 17, Ohio; June 18, Iowa; June 18, Wisconsin; June 19, Michigan. Nice to see Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on the list:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to stop in Wisconsin next week as part of a five-day bus tour. Romney’s campaign announced the bus tour and the Wisconsin stop on June 18 but did not release the exact location or other details. Romney is scheduled to be in Iowa on the same day. The bus tour is billed as a chance for Romney to meet with families and business owners in small towns across six states. The tour begins Friday in New Hampshire with other stops planned in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. The Wisconsin visit will mark the first time Romney has been in the state since winning the primary in April. It comes less than two weeks after Republican Gov. Scott Walker won a recall election.

Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania? — playing on your opponent’s turf is a sure sign of strength.  Nice to see Romney flex his muscles.

Obama won all six states in 2008, but Republicans think Romney has a shot at taking them back this year. Romney’s aides hope the bus tour, which will include a mix of outdoor retail campaign stops – as well as a new, rebranded campaign bus – will provide a jolt to his efforts in a slew of Midwestern states, including critical Ohio.

Update: More on Ohio:

Romney is slated to appear at the [Newark] Town Square in front of the county courthouse Sunday afternoon. An exact time has not been set for the public event. The Licking County rally is sandwiched between a 9 a.m. Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, Ohio, and an evening gathering at K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy.  The three Ohio stops follow a private fund-raiser Wednesday evening in Cincinnati for the former Massachusetts governor.  And the pair of Romney visits to Ohio bracket a campaign stop planned by President Barack Obama to Cuyahoga Community College Recreation Center in Cleveland on Thursday.