Romney's bus ticket to 'their turf'
June 15th, 2012
10:33 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney's bus ticket to 'their turf'

Boston (CNN) - Mitt Romney embarks Friday on a bus tour his campaign considers to be on "their turf," according to a Romney official who was referring to the six battleground states that President Obama won in 2008.

Over five days the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will visit towns in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan.

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"We're certainly campaigning on their turf as opposed to campaigning on what would be considered our turf," Senior Romney Adviser Russ Schrieffer told reporters Friday morning at campaign headquarters.

In his first speech in New Hampshire, Romney will attack President Barack Obama for a speech he made Thursday on the economy.

"Yesterday the President gave a speech. A Very. Long. Speech," Romney will say, according to advance excerpts of the speech. The periods between "very," "long," and "speech" were included.

Romney will continue, "You might have thought that it would be a moment when he would acknowledge his policy mistakes and suggest a new course. But no. He promised four more years, of more of the same. Four. More. Very. Long. Years."

Romney will also portray the federal government as overbearing and harmful to small businesses.

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

Schrieffer, in a rare in-person briefing with 50 political reporters Friday morning, dismissed the suggestion that while those states might have voted Democratic the last presidential cycle, the smaller towns Romney is visiting may be friendlier Republican territory.

"Our intent is to go to places that are off the beaten track and not really look at it as where we need to pick up votes in each state. We want to win each of these states but it's not quite as calculated as that," he said.

Romney kicks off his tour in Stratham, New Hampshire at a farm where he announced his presidential bid last June. He has devoted a significant amount of time appearing at fund-raising events, many of them closed to the media, but according to his campaign the bus tour, Romney's first major campaign swing of the general election, will be devoted strictly to campaign events.

"Gov. Romney has the opportunity to campaign in urban areas a lot. This is an opportunity over the next five days to go to places that are a little bit off the beaten path and visit towns and cities where people are really struggling in this Obama economy," he said.

"It's an opportunity for us to engage in some traditional campaigning. We'll be doing a lot of different kinds of events, going to some interesting locations, not necessarily traditional campaign stops, and hopefully have some fun."

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    There is going to be a rewrite of Webster's Dictionary. A new definition will be added for the romneysian. It is a word that conveys multiple meanings wrapped up into one. It is a combination of misleading, deceitful and pompous.

    June 15, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Bill

    His turf? The only state listed here that Romney may have a shot at in November is Iowa. Sorry Mittens.

    June 15, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. judy

    well thats some crowd he has huh? wonder if the cadallace with the dog on top will follow him around? Obama 2012 Forward

    June 15, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Thomas

    Will Mitt Romney and his five sons , all of whom avoided voluntary military service .
    Will they be careering the Torch of Freedom on there bus ?

    June 15, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Dan from Tx

    Very. Old. Ideas.

    June 15, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. cody

    Get 'em Mitt!!!

    June 15, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Ron in California

    I listened to Obama's speech it was vintage Obama full of divisiveness and fear mongering. What we should really fear is 4 more years of Obama.

    June 15, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. kakaraka

    It's this yahoo keep wasting money to just lie, distort President Obama records and criticize without offering any solution to our economic problems created by George Bush and GOP in the first place other than give more tax cuts to the riches and cut government programs for poors, students, seniors, disabled, women and kods? What a joke, dishonest and fake Romney has become?

    June 15, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. g

    how much does romney pay to attend

    June 15, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. once upon a horse

    well I guess that includes the Romney bus going by Obama areas and shouting out and heckling Obama supporters or parking their bus in front of areas where the president might speak. If this isn't childish behavior then I don't know what is. Why not spend this time Mitt telling the American people what your economic plan actually is and not having Obama tell us that for you?

    June 15, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. incredulous

    Romney isn't capable of giving long speeches, his batteries run out. Sadly he's not capable of saying anything in his short speeches except lies and hatred.

    June 15, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Sigh. Romney does not seem to have any original ideas. Whatever President Obama does, campaign-wise, Mr. Romney can only mirror. The ads, the trip to Ohio, etc. Ugh. Lame much, Romney?

    June 15, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. paulcat

    Is the attack on Obama the only thing he knows? Is he waiting to get into office and then tell us what his plans are? Just like a republican. You people need to wake up. At least act like you have a little common sense.

    June 15, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, NOT a third term of BUSH's years of FAILURE

    "Yesterday the President gave a speech. A Very. Long. Speech," Romney will say, according to advance excerpts of the speech. The periods between "very," "long," and "speech" were included.

    Rmoney is simply a clown.

    June 15, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. v_mag

    George W Bush. Eight. Verrrry. Long. Years. Leading to the worst economy since the Great Depression. Why would anyone vote for Rob-money/Bush and bring back those bad-old-days?

    June 15, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Lisa P

    I don't know about the other states but in Wisconsin he's going to big bad Janesville, a very union town, where he will bravely hide out in a factory - no doubt one of the same "safe houses" from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's list that Governor Walker hopped back and forth between when his propaganda machine needed some visuals of real people being forced to listen to his b.s. Hey, it worked for Walker, didn't it? Now you just need to drop in another $80 million and a whisper campaign that Obama is going to end deer hunting as we know it.

    June 15, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Myviewis

    I think we are facing a crisis of confidence. We are seeing no economic competitiveness support from Obama, no lowering of debt, a quick solution is his idea of solving our problems. This is a president that is anti-businesses, anti-private sector and his actions, words show to me that he is pro-government to control, to rule and shape our lives and make us government dependent. We are no longer a people, we are divided. Our country is not progressing it is just getting by.

    June 15, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. sayer

    Their turf is very fired up, Mitt. Your'e not going to make many converts bashing President Obama and offering no solutions of your own.

    June 15, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Myviewis

    I can see Obama will win this election thanks to the people that agree with him on letting the government shape and rule our lives while we become dependent on our government. It is obvious those that follow Obama are ant-business, anti-private sector and would be very happy with everyone working in government jobs. Definitely our country is heading for chaos, no wait we already are in chaos.

    June 15, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    Will Willard be riding with his paid hecklers? Willard is so juvenile, he needs to realize he's running for president for Pete's sake and grow up already.

    June 15, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. v_mag

    @Myviewis said: "We are no longer a people, we are divided."

    That would be my view, too. Where we diverge is on what causes the division and what we need to do about it. I'm not seeing government controlling individual lives as the source of problems. I see corporations controlling, or actually becoming, the government as the root of evil.

    Corporations and rich individuals are practically unlimited in their ability to buy elections. They write legislation and present it to bought-and-paid-for senators and representatives of both parties. They send jobs overseas and hide their money, like Romney, in foreign accounts. Both parties are corrupt up to their eyeballs. Unions are small pockets of power in comparison, but there is no doubt much of the union system is corrupt, too.

    Obama isn't anti-business. He would never be able to get near the presidential nomination, much less the White House, if he were. Business, or the rich, or corporations, or however you want to describe it, controls who gets elected and what they do when elected. These rich people and corporations are often foreigners, and they don't have loyalties to America or any other country. They have loyalty to themselves and their own greed.

    June 15, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |