Romney rolls out on six-state bus tour

Republican Mitt Romney kicked off a six-state bus tour Friday across what he called the "backbone of America," as he cast himself as more in touch with struggling voters than President Barack Obama.

The multi-millionaire challenging Obama for the White House in November's election is being joined by several top backers, including two potential vice presidential picks, on a journey taking him from New Hampshire through the industrial heartland of Ohio and up to Wisconsin.

His message at the first stop on his five-day "every town counts" journey reflected his longstanding view that Obama was in over his head in his efforts to turn the economy around.

"I have the experience and the vision to get us out of this mess," Romney told several hundred flag-waving supporters gathered on a pasture of picturesque Scamman Farm in the small town of Stratham.

Romney has focused recently on urban events or fundraisers as he gears up for what is certain to be a monumentally expensive White House race, and his shift to a week of engaging with small-town America is seen as a new tactic of retail politics less than five months from the election.

"For so many Americans, the distance between their town and the city of Washington has never seemed so far," Romney said.

"The federal establishment has never seemed so hostile or remote, so disconnected from economic reality and yet so willing to use restrictions and regulations, taxes and fines, commissions and czars to direct our daily lives."

Romney went down the list of points he normally hits on the stump: the need for lower taxes and smaller government, fewer restrictions on energy firms and small business and a repeal of the president's landmark health care reform law.

And he sought to connect with America's struggling middle class, many of whom are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.

"I think it's nice he gets out to see some of us regular folks, and not just the well-off donors and supporters in the big cities," Michael King, a retired businessman now receiving Social Security benefits, told AFP as a plane with the message "Romney every millionaire counts tour" circled overhead.

"I'm a conservative and I feel that our country is way off base on the type of spending we're doing," the 63-year-old Vietnam War veteran added.

Romney's wife Ann encapsulated the sentiment when introducing her husband, telling the crowd that in the months of crisscrossing the nation, the Romneys began to get "a sense that something has gone wrong."

"People feel like the American dream is sifting through their fingers," she said.

The Romney campaign is describing the tour's six states as "some of the key battlegrounds of this election."

Senior campaign strategist Russell Schriefer noted to reporters that the states were won by Obama in 2008, "so we're certainly campaigning on their turf."

Scamman Farm is clearly friendly Romney territory. He launched his presidential bid last year from the sprawling property, owned by former New Hampshire house speaker Doug Scamman.

But Romney insisted the backroads tour "will take us along what I call the backbone of America," where he would meet the men and women who shape the country.

Appearing with Romney was US Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who has been mentioned as a vice presidential prospect.

"If you believe we are on the wrong road, I have the man for you, the man who can turn this country around, who will be a strong, courageous leader," she said in introducing Romney.

He headed next to the town of Milford, where he and Ann Romney served ice cream to supporters and he was joined by former Massachusetts governor Tim Pawlenty, who is generating VP buzz.

Pawlenty lit into Obama, saying his "teleprompter speeches" do nothing to improve the economy.

"We've had enough of him flapping his jaw," he told a crowd gathered in the town square before Romney spoke.

"We need somebody who's actually going to do the job and gets results, and that's Mitt Romney."

On Thursday, Obama said he and Romney presented Americans with a clear choice -- between his program, which he says favors the middle class and would invest in the future, and what he calls Romney's "top down" economics favoring the rich.

On Saturday, the Romney tour shifts to Pennsylvania and then moves Sunday to Ohio, where the Republican candidate will make an appearance with US House Speaker John Boehner.


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Philips Gold finally shines

    Philips Gold made 11 service aces on its way to beating Mane ‘N Tail, 25-19, 27-25, 25-16, for its first victory in the Philippine Super Liga (PSL) All-Filipino Coinference Monday night at The Arena in San Juan.Former College of St. Benilde standout Rossan Fajardo had six aces as part of her 10-point output as the Lady Slammers finally barged into the win column after losing their first two matches.Ex-National University star Myla Pablo led Philips Gold with 14 points highlighted by 12 kills, …

  • Turkish Airlines starts direct Manila-Istanbul flights 3 times a week

    Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s flag carrier, launched on March 30 its thrice weekly direct, non-stop flights between Istanbul and Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 and plans to operate a daily service between the two cities, eventually, announced Chief Marketing Officer Ahmet Olmustur. Last November 2014, the Philippines and Turkey signed an expanded air services agreement granting Turkish carriers three frequencies per week to Manila and Clark. In accordance with …

  • Azkals bow to Bahrain

    The Philippine Azkals fell short in their bid to salvage a draw and fell 2-1 to Bahrain Monday night in an international friendly match at the Bahrain National Stadium in Manama. Faouzi Mubarak struck the opening goal for the home side in the 29th minute before Abdulla Yaser doubled the lead two minutes later with a booming shot from 25 yards out. Fil-German midfielder Manny Ott gave the Azkals a ray of hope when he scored from just outside the box in the 61st. National team Coach Thomas …

  • Alcalas dominate rivals

    In a brilliant show of power and speed, Mark Alcala downed fierce rival and Philippine team member Ross Leonard Pedroza, 21-16, 23-21, to win the men’s singles open title. Alcala lost her No. 1 ranking after focusing on her studies at the University of the Philippines, but she’s willing to sacrifice once again in order to represent the country in future international tournaments. …

  • Girl, grandma hurt in land mine blast

    A 12-year-old girl, who was on her way to her graduation, was wounded together with her grandmother after they were hit by a landmine blast planted near their family’s residence at Sitio Totoy, Barangay San Jose, Monkayo town, Compostela Valley (ComVal) province. Lt. Vergel U. Lacambra, chief of the Public Affairs Office (PAO) of the Army’s 10th Infantry (Agila) Division (10th ID), reported that Marcelyn Domicillo and her 58-year-old grandmother Rosallia Andaya were taken to a hospital in …

  • Army paddlers outlast Navy

    Army began where it left off the previous year, turning back arch rival Navy to rule the men’s 300-meter standard race in the opening leg of the 2015 Cobra Energy Drink-PDBF Dragon Boat Regatta held over the weekend at the Manila Bay.Overall champions the past season, the Army paddlers made their move in the last 100 meters to emerge clear winners in one minute and 7.67 seconds of the event sponsored by the country’s leading energy drink, Cobra, and organized by the Philippine Dragon Boat …

  • Awareness: April Fool’s Day

    On April 1, be wary of people who may borrow money or play practical jokes on you. It’s April Fool’s Day! While believed to be of Western origin, April Fool’s Day is observed in many countries of the world, including the Philippines. April Fool’s Day is that day of the year when people take the opportunity to fool around a bit by playing practical jokes on the gullible. …

  • All-out peace, says PNoy

    President Aquino reiterates that the best option for the government is all-out peace, not all-out war. *** Likewise, the Philippine National Police (PNP) calls for a peaceful and orderly observance of the Holy Week nationwide, as hundreds of thousands of people go on an exodus to major tourist spots and the provinces. A blessed Holy Week! *** The President dismisses calls for an all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the Masasapano tragedy and instead will …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options