Midnight tonight is the deadline to be entered into a drawing to win a day on the road with Mitt or Paul. All you have to do is click here and donate at least $3 to the campaign. Easy peasy.
And YES, it could happen to you. Read the story below about JoAnne, one of our readers (also an MRC Chatbox regular) who happened to be a lucky winner in one of these contests back in August and had an amazing experience:
On an especially warm sunny day in Goodyear, Arizona my phone rang and a nice young voice told me she was calling from the Romney for President Campaign. We had been making regular contributions to the Romney campaign so I immediately thought that they were going to thank us for our donations and then ask for more. I was taken by surprise when I was told “congratulations you have just won the VP contest.” Just before Paul Ryan was announced as Mitt’s VP choice I had entered a contest to win a day to campaign with him. You just needed to donate $3 and your name would be entered in the drawing. I decided $3 was kind of skimpy so I raised mine to a $5 contribution thinking I would never win this thing anyway. My Bunco friends can attest that I rarely ever win at games of chance. I was told that they would be in contact on the dates and the destination and that I would be e-mailed documents to sign and to fax them back as soon as I could do so.
Two days later I was told that I would fly to Boston and overnight there. The next day I would join the campaign and attend a Town Hall meeting in Manchester, NH. On August 19 I took my flight to Boston. My prize included accommodations at a Holiday Inn located just down the street from the “Garden” In downtown Boston. I followed the instructions told to me to take a cab from the airport. The hotel was only 3.5 miles from the airport but my cab driver preferred giving me an extended tour in the tunnels and probably a way to make some extra cash. I sort of caught on when I saw the same exits two and three times.
I received an e-mail that night from a young man named Kevin that worked for the campaign. It was addressed to five people and that was my first knowledge of additional winners. We were instructed to meet in front of the hotel at 8am Monday, August 20th. We were then picked up by Kevin in a silver SUV. Soon we were all on our way to Manchester, New Hampshire. The conversation was all about meeting both Mitt and Paul as they were reuniting to campaign together prior to the RNC in Tampa. The hour flew as we traveled to St. Anselm College as we excitedly spoke about the greatness of these two men.
Upon arrival we were met by both a campaign worker and a Secret Service agent who allowed us to enter without going through screening. We were immediately escorted to our chairs located right behind where Mitt and Paul would be speaking and accepting questions. There were various Senators and members of congress and Paul’s cousins sitting in our roped off area. We all introduced ourselves and chatted amongst the people sitting closest to us. I had a very nice conversation with Senator Kelly Ayotte and was very impressed with her. I also got a chance to visit with PebbleCreeker Susan Anderson prior to the event who was vacationing in New Hampshire at the time.
The program began when we were asked to stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. As we were doing this I remembered elementary and high school where we all said the Pledge at the beginning of each school day. I hadn’t thought about that for years if ever.
The crowd of between 4500 and 5000 people went wild when Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan entered. I am sure it was heard quite a distance away. The two candidates each spoke for about ten to fifteen minutes and then took questions from the audience. It was amazing how much charisma the two men radiated. When Paul Ryan spoke Mitt just smiled and you could see the happiness in his face knowing he made a very wise choice in his VP selection.
Just prior to the event beginning we were told that when Mitt said “God Bless America” we were to immediately follow this agent as he had to take us to a building. Once in that building we were escorted to a lounge where we sat down and chatted amongst ourselves. After about twenty minutes we were joined by both candidates and introduced ourselves. Once that was over Mitt asked that we follow and join both Paul and himself for lunch. I couldn’t believe it when I found that I was seated between the two candidates. I didn’t even touch my lunch as there were TV cameras pointed at us the entire time. Mitt asked for each one of us to tell a little about ourselves and to also feel free to bring up any suggestions or concerns we might have. When my turn came I was shocked when Mitt said “Let’s hear what JoAnne has to say from Bay City, MI. I had told him I was born in Bay City when we spoke earlier and he remembered. I expressed concerns about Medicare and was happy that both candidates agreed totally with what I had to say. Once the luncheon was over we each got to pose for pictures. We were all laughing when my picture was being taken because I told them “You do know that this picture is going to be my 2012 Christmas card!” I still can’t believe how both men were so down to earth, friendly and interested in what we had to say.
Once the festivities were over we were driven back to Boston for a tour of the campaign Headquarters which is another story and then driven to the airport for our return flights. I have to admit that this was one of the most exciting days of my life.
JoAnne Smith (AKA Jojo on MRC)
Here’s your chance… click to here to donate at least $3 and enter the contest.