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 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.”

Look below the fold to see a few photos of that happy day when Governor Romney announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination. ——-> Click here to continue reading

South Carolina: Romney Touring Colite Intl, Endorsed by State Rep Phyllis Henderson

Governor Romney is in the Palmetto State today to discuss jobs, the economy, and labor policy. At 11:15 this morning (ET) he will tour Colite International in Columbia.

Sweetening his SC visit today is news of the endorsement by SC State Representative Phyllis Henderson:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of South Carolina State Representative Phyllis Henderson.

I am honored to have Phyllis’ support,” said Mitt Romney. “She is a conservative voice in Columbia. Her support and leadership mean a great deal to me and I’m looking forward to having her be part of my campaign.”

Phyllis Henderson, SC State Representative

Announcing her support, Henderson said, “Mitt Romney is the only Republican candidate who has a proven business record and is the conservative leader we need to get our economy turned around and start creating jobs. He has a long record of keeping taxes low, creating jobs, cutting spending, and reducing burdensome regulations on small businesses. I am proud to support Mitt Romney for President.”

Background on State Representative Phyllis Henderson:

Representative Henderson Was Elected To The South Carolina House Of Representatives In 2010 And Serves The 21st District. Henderson is a local businesswoman, community leader and former Chairman of the Greenville County Council. She served as Senator Jim DeMint’s campaign manager in 1988 and has served as Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

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Welcome to Team Romney, Representative Henderson!

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SC Boeing Plant: Romney & Natl Co-Chair Tim Pawlenty Tour, Romney Gives Labor Policy Speech

Undeterred by a National Labor Relations Board lawsuit, Boeing opened their new plant in N. Charleston, SC on June 10, 2011. Mitt Romney and new Natl Campaign Co-chair Tim Pawlenty toured the facility today. Sept 12, 2011 (photo/Steve Wilhelm)

Before making his way to Florida for the presidential debate this evening, Governor Mitt Romney toured a Boeing plant in South Carolina. At his side was new National Co-Chair of Romney’s campaign – Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Romney then delivered a union policy speech to a crowd in N. Charleston; he was introduced by Pawlenty.

Romney, in North Charleston, takes aim at NLRB

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appeared in North Charleston today with his former rival and newest supporter, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Pawlenty praised Romney as “the most capable, most knowledgeable, most electable candidate in the race so far.”

Flanked by screens showing the outline of a jetliner, Romney flew into the Lowcountry today to launch his campaign here by talking labor policy and taking aim at the National Labor Relations Board and its lawsuit against Boeing.

Both Romney and Pawlenty toured Boeing’s new manufacturing plant here, the plant that triggered the board’s action. At issue is whether Boeing illegally weakened unions in Washington state by choosing South Carolina – a right to work state – for the plant.

Romney accused Obama of putting “labor stooges on the NLRB to pursue a political payback strategy,” a claim that drew his first applause from the audience.

The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) has sued Boeing, alleging the $750 million plant was built in South Carolina to avoid unionized labor in Washington state. South Carolina is a strong right-to-work state.

SC Gov. Nikki Haley has been strongly critical of the Obama administration because of the NLRB suit against Boeing.

SC State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, Chairman of the Romney campaign in SC, was also present for The Gov’s speech. In fact, he has a message for America:

South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis at Mitt Romney's union speech in N. Charleston, SC today. Loftis is Chairman of the Romney campaign in SC. 9/12/11 (click on image to enlarge)

CHECK BACK: If video of Romney’s speech becomes available, we’ll post it here.


On Monday, Romney also named William Kilberg, the lead counsel for Boeing in the ongoing dispute, as a co-chairman of his Labor Policy Advisory Group. Kilberg will help “shape the policies I am proposing to return power from the labor bosses to the workers and businesses that can get our economy going again,” Romney said in a statement.

Boeing, when they decided where they were going to build their new expansion facility, chose South Carolina, chose America,” Romney said in the speech. “The folks that are their No. 1 competitor, Airbus, chose China for their expansion. … Boeing did the right thing. Boeing should not be punished for doing the right thing. Boeing should be celebrated and encouraged.”

The issue has become important in key state South Carolina, where Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has repeatedly called on Obama, along with the Republican presidential candidates, to state his position on the lawsuit.

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Tim Pawlenty will join Gov Romney as a guest this evening at the GOP debate in Florida.

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Romney Opens Official Campaign Headquarters in Tampa, FL

Governor Mitt Romney tours his spiffy new Florida campaign headquarters in Tampa, FL. September 2, 2011 (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

After addressing the Republican National Hispanic Assembly national convention in Tampa yesterday, Governor Romney had a grand opening to attend… It was the official opening of his campaign headquarters in Tampa, Florida.

And, grand it was!

In Florida, Romney Looks To Outshine His Rivals

This is just a state that’s like the whole country,” said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “I love Florida, love being here, love the people of this state, in part because you understand what makes America, America.”

So far, Florida is returning his affection. He leads Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other Republican candidates in the polls here, in part because he has been here a lot and built a good organization.

The former Massachusetts governor was in the Sunshine State on Friday, meeting with supporters at his new campaign office near downtown Tampa.

Four years ago, Florida played an important part in the Republican contest — it held an early primary that violated party rules. Even so, John McCain ran here and won, a victory that sealed his comeback and set the stage for his nomination.

Romney is hoping Florida can play that same role in his campaign. Indeed, this year the state is likely to play a key part in the GOP nominating process. State officials say they plan to hold an early primary — one that may jump ahead of Super Tuesday on March 6.

And to do well here, Romney has to do well with one of the nation’s fastest-growing groups — Hispanics.

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Tweet from The Gov:

Exciting to open our Florida HQ today – we have a terrific team down here #toutless than a minute ago via Tweet Button Favorite Retweet Reply

Tout video of Mitt at grand opening of campaign headquarters in Tampa (9/2/11):

Mitt Romney meets supporters during the grand opening of his Florida campaign headquarters in Tampa, Florida. September 2, 2011 (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

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Mitt Romney’s Message Inspires Donors at New York City’s Harvard Club

Governor Romney is on a blitz to gather the phenomenal amount of money needed to see his potential presidential campaign through the primaries and take the battle eye-to-eye to Obama.

The day after announcing his presidential exploratory committee, Romney breakfasted with deep-pocket donors at the Harvard Club in New York City on Tuesday (4/12/11):

Mitt Romney, wasting no time reeling in the cash for his presidential campaign, held a meeting with high-dollar donors in New York City on Tuesday, a day after announcing his exploratory committee for president.

All attendees pledged at least $25,000, but donors say many of the bundlers will raise between $100,000 and $250,000. The $50 million fund-raising goal that came up at the last meeting was not mentioned Tuesday.

[Tom] Foley, who also served as the ambassador to Ireland during the second Bush administration, said the crowd was enthusiastic that the exploratory committee is official.

“People can jump in and begin supporting him in the best way they are able to do that,” Foley told The Daily Beast. “There is a gathering sense of momentum when everybody gets together. The gun has been fired and it was exciting for everyone.”

With Romney’s exploratory committee activated, donors like the ones who attended the Harvard Club gathering—who have already pledged between $25,000 and $100,000—can start to write checks to the committee, which is expected to become a full-fledged campaign in the coming months. In attendance Tuesday were New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, former Bush Treasury official Emil Henry, hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci, financier Patrick Durkin, and former Goldman Sachs chairman John Whitehead, all of whom attended a similar breakfast fund-raiser for Romney last month. New faces included Tom Foley, who unsuccessfully ran for governor of Connecticut last November, and hedge fund manager John Paulson, who along with Johnson spoke at the meeting.
…Investment banker Lewis Eisenberg, who served as John McCain’s 2008 finance chairman and helped plan the breakfast meeting, said most people in the room Tuesday morning believe Romney is the GOP’s best shot in 2012.

“I continue to think he’s the best chance we have to understand the world we are dealing with in the White House,” said Eisenberg. “He believes in the greatness of America, the importance of a strong economy, creating jobs, and reducing the perilous deficit. He will not take his eye off the ball.”

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Gov Romney fired up the crowd with remarks on jobs, the economy, job creation, foreign policy and Obama’s failures, and health care. According to the article, one attendee said “Romney appeared ready to “eviscerate Obamacare.”

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Next stop on the fundraising march? Onward to Florida – The Villages.

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► Jayde Wyatt