Romney bus tour turning into a political carnival?
June 14th, 2012
07:05 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney bus tour turning into a political carnival?

(CNN) - The battle for the White House has ventured onto the airwaves, into mailboxes, across the internet –and now the bitter contest will hit the asphalt.

On the same day Mitt Romney launches his five-day bus tour in New Hampshire Friday, the Democratic National Committee will kick off a bus tour of its own in the Granite State.

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Starting in Exeter, New Hampshire–less than five miles from Romney's launch point in Stratham–the bus will travel west along a similar path to that of Romney's six-state itinerary, according to DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse.

With the goal of pointing to Romney's economic policies, which they argue "throw Middle Class Americans under the bus," the tour will include at least ten stops-with most arrivals timed slightly ahead of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

Both buses are scheduled to travel through New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan–all likely battleground states this fall. A number of potential GOP running mates are also slated to appear with Romney.

The DNC, however, isn't the only group chasing the Romney bus., a liberal advocacy group, will trail the Romney camp in a Cadillac with what it described as NASCAR-style decals and a dog on top–a nod to a widely-cited story involving Romney driving his family car with his dog locked in a crate on the roof of his car.

Romney's campaign was already putting on some miles Thursday, stopping at President Barack Obama's speech in Ohio. The bus caused a stir by honking as it circled around the event.

Turf crashing, however, isn't entirely new in the campaign. Romney staffers disrupted an Obama campaign event in Boston two weeks ago, protesting in front of a rally held by Obama's senior strategist, David Axelrod.

Despite recent circus-like showdowns, Romney's team maintains aggressive campaign tactics will not likely be a main component of the 2012 presidential race.

"I think this campaign will be about a lot of things, but not mascot stealing," Romney campaign adviser Stu Stevens said.

- CNN's Jim Acosta and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Mitt Romney
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. A Disgusted Former Republican

    Let the circus begin!

    June 14, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. cali girl

    I'll bet money on the Caddy

    June 14, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    Why doesn't he just drive one of his Cadillacs? I'm sick and tired of paying for this user to ride all over the country and stalk the president and yet not a word from his lying supporters about wasting taxpayers money. Willard needs to just ride into oblivion and take his lies with him.

    God Bless America without Willard's help.

    June 14, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. Brandon stark

    the candidates need to talk about the issues, and primarily economic issues. obama has been in charge for almost 4 years, it's time to take a look it is record and decide if we want 4 more years of him. we don't need all the other malarkey.

    June 14, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. California Gary

    I'm also that an American made bus or one of those Canadian jobs they always seem to end up in?

    June 14, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. MaryM

    Romney supports the Bush era policies. Americans DO NOT want another Bush in the White House

    June 14, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Westminster

    I love aggresive Romney.

    June 14, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  8. enuff

    This whole election cycle is turning into a circus.

    June 14, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Jewels

    I see it as a tacky little tactic by the Romney team - like he's rallying together with his frat boys and acting tough. The more and more I learn of him, the less I like him. It says something when he has Trump by his side spouting crap about a birth certificate - and he does or says nothing. And, this activity is just a reflection of his character. No thanks..

    June 14, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. njbchicago

    Good for Romney! Go Mitt! We need you!

    June 14, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. Lionel

    I love it. We need to give Romney a taste of his own medicine. What a bully, circling his bus around Obama's speech.

    Latinos for Obama 2012

    June 14, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  12. Harkers

    Well Obama can't run on his record!!

    June 15, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |

    More bold faced lies from Mitt McCain.

    June 15, 2012 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  14. BillC

    Wow! To circle the presidents while giving a speech and honk as he does it! Is this is the new shape of democracy! Total disrespect!

    June 15, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |