Romney’s ‘Every Town Counts’ Bus Tour / FOX & Friends: “Obama Out of Touch”

A look at Governor Mitt Romney's campaign bus last week in Iowa.
Romney is kicking off a six state bus tour this Friday. (Photo Jennifer Jacobs/The Register)


Check the oil and gas ‘er up! Road trip!

Governor Mitt Romney will be back in his campaign bus this Friday to begin a six state Believe in America: Every Town Counts five-day bus tour.

The kick-off takes place where it all began for him last June – at beautiful Scamman Farm in Stratham, New Hampshire. It’s where Mitt and wife, Ann, served up crock-pots full of her homemade chili to a large crowd of supporters. It’s also where the Governor, under blue skies and a blustery breeze, stood on a crop harvester bed, surrounded with hay bales, and announced his presidential candidacy.

Besides New Hampshire, Romney’s bus tour will carry him over highways and byways in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan, giving him the opportunity to meet with and listen to families and business owners in small towns.

Romney’s press release hit the unemployment nail on the head:

“For three and a half years, President Obama has paid little attention to the everyday concerns of the American people,” Mitt Romney said. “President Obama has offered no hope for the future, and he has left American families to bear the burden of his failed policies. Too many American families have experienced a lost job, faced foreclosure, or been forced to spend their kids’ college savings just to make ends meet. These are not statistics – these are our fellow Americans. In America’s small towns, you don’t find despair — you find boundless optimism. We know we can make America better, and that is why I am running for president.”

Henry Gomez from Cleveland.com points out how Romney is aggressively making his presence felt on turf where Obama has recently been:

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Republican Mitt Romney will sandwich President Barack Obama’s campaign appearance in Cleveland this week with Ohio events of his own, the latest example of cutthroat “bracketing” in this year’s race for the White House.

Romney will attend a private fundraiser Wednesday in Cincinnati, the evening before Obama’s speech at Cuyahoga Community College.

Romney previously bracketed an Obama trip by sending his campaign bus to Lorain County Community College in April, when the president delivered a speech at the Elyria campus. The following day, Romney campaigned miles away at a hollowed-out drywall factory in Lorain. The Republican challenger also came to Euclid last month, two days after Obama officially kicked off his re-election bid in Columbus.

‘Believe In America: Every Town Counts’ bus tour

• Friday, June 15 – New Hampshire

• Saturday, June 16 – Pennsylvania

• Sunday, June 17 – Ohio

• Monday, June 18 – Wisconsin and Iowa

• Tuesday, June 19 – Michigan

Residents in these six states will get to experience how much Governor Romney cares about the plight of ordinary everyday Americans and how much he wants to help.

If you missed it, The Gov was on FOX & Friends this morning to talk with hosts Gretchen Carlson, Steve Doocy, and Brian Kilmeade. It was a quick, great interview :



When Carlson asked Romney about Obama’s press tour, which was a ‘clean-up’ response to his “private sector is fine gaffe”, he mentioned Obama’s ignoring the effect Obamacare is having on small businesses, Obama’s outlandish characterization of the state of the private sector, and the fact that 15% of Americans are unemployed, under-employed, or stopped working.

Romney: “The President is really out of touch with what’s happening in America.

Kilmeade: “He says that you’re out of touch. He says that you want to cut firefighters, and teachers – that you don’t understand what’s going on in these communities. What do you say to that, Governor?

Romney: “Well, that’s a very strange accusation. Of course, teachers, and firemen, and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters, or policemen. So, obviously, that’s completely absurd. He’s got a new idea, though, and that is another stimulus – and, to have the federal government send money to bail out cities and states. Didn’t work the first time; it certainly won’t work the second time.”

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Concord, NH: Fmr NH Gov John Sununu Endorses Romney, Primary Ballot Papers Filed

UPDATETo view video of the events, click here.

Former NH Gov John H. Sununu looks on as Romney fills out primary ballot papers at the Statehouse in Concord, NH. Oct 24, 2011

Mitt Romney’s primary election bid in New Hampshire is now official.

A memorable day began for Governor Romney yesterday as he filled out primary ballot papers in NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner’s office at the Statehouse in Concord. A large crowd of supporters and media then moved to the steps outside the Statehouse where, before Romney spoke, former NH Governor John Sununu officially endorsed him.

I believe he will be our next president.” ~ Fmr NH Gov John H. Sununu

After fmr NH Gov John Sununu endorsed Mitt Romney outside the Statehouse in Concord, NH, Gov Romney spoke to the assembled crowd. Oct 24, 2011 (Photo/Emily Friedman, click on photo to enlarge)

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney announced today the support of former New Hampshire Governor and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu. Governor Sununu will serve as chairman of the Romney for President campaign’s national steering committee and advise Romney on policy and national issues.

I am deeply appreciative of Governor Sununu’s friendship and support,” said Mitt Romney. “Governor Sununu is one of the most respected public servants in New Hampshire and he has stood for the values embodied by Granite Staters: hard work, individualism, and fiscal responsibility. His advice and counsel will be important as I work to earn support from voters in the Granite State and work to fix our troubled economy.”

I’m supporting Governor Romney because he is a solid conservative who is committed to reducing taxes, cutting spending and preserving America’s military strength. Mitt has served as a governor, had a successful career in the private sector, and acquired the executive experience needed to turn around our economy and fix our broken government,” said Governor Sununu. “He has demonstrated that he is the strongest candidate to take on President Obama in 2012 and restore fiscal sanity to Washington.”

Background On Governor John H. Sununu:

John Sununu served as New Hampshire’s 85th governor from 1983 to 1989. During his three terms in office he also served as the Chairman of the National Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association.

In 1987, Sununu joined then-Vice President George Bush’s presidential campaign. He helped Bush win New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary and secure the Republican presidential nomination.

Following Bush’s general election victory, Sununu was named White House Chief of Staff — a position that he held from 1989 to 1991. After leaving the White House, Sununu co-hosted the political affairs show Crossfire on CNN from 1992 to 1998.

Sununu came out of political retirement in 2009 to serve as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. Under Sununu’s leadership, Republicans won 7 out of 8 state special elections and achieved historic victories in the 2010 midterm elections. Granite State Republicans swept all federal races, won supermajorities in the NH House and Senate, and captured all five seats on the Executive Council. The current 19-5 Republican advantage in the State Senate is the largest since 1962, and the pickup of 124 seats in the State House is the biggest gain ever recorded in a single election cycle.

To see a video report of the event from TheBostonChannel.com/WCVBtv, click here. (A flat tax question was asked.)

From ABC News:

CONCORD, N.H. – A crush of supporters, media and protesters met Mitt Romney today at the New Hampshire Statehouse, where the presidential candidate filed his paperwork for the state’s primary and scooped up the coveted endorsement of former Gov. John H. Sununu.

Stopping to shake hands on his way into the office of Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Romney said, “Big day today, we have to make sure it takes this time.”

After signing his papers in Gardner’s packed office and making his run in the Granite state official, Romney and Sununu held a rally on the steps of the statehouse.

“I want to thank you all for taking the time to come out this morning and since I like to be as efficient as possible, let me introduce the gentleman I believe will be the next President of the United States and the man I’m endorsing in that endeavor, Gov. Mitt Romney,” Sununu said to cheers from the crowd.

Romney then took the podium, railing against big government and vowing to bring change to Washington.

“This team of people around me, this is the volunteer team that will turn out voters on Primary Day, which by the way, will be the first primary in the nation as it ought to be,” he said.
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“President Obama and his friends believe America should be a nation led by government. They’re wrong,” Romney said. “Government has become too intrusive, too big, too fat and that’s why it’s been so difficult for this government to turn around.”

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FOX News’ Carl Cameron reports on the GOP primary calendar (NH’s election will take place on January 10, 2012) and Romney’s day:

Additional photos (click on images to enlarge):

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