Romney Wawa visit diverted by Rendell, protesters
June 16th, 2012
04:32 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney Wawa visit diverted by Rendell, protesters

Quakertown, Pennsylvania (CNN) - The presence of protesters and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was enough to steer Mitt Romney's campaign bus toward another Wawa store in Quakertown Saturday.

The Democratic National Committee has staged stops nearby or along Romney's six-state bus tour, waging their own message campaign called "Romney economics: The middle class under the bus tour."

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Rendell scheduled an appearance at the same gas station and convenience store chain in Bucks County that was supposed to be one of three stops for Romney on Saturday.

Reporters and camera crews spotted as many as 150 protesters.

Romney's campaign bus was less than a half-hour away from the Wawa on John Fries Highway when journalists were told his bus would be stopping elsewhere.

Luckily, in Pennsylvania, there are a lot of Wawas to choose from, so the campaign was able to divert Romney's bus to another store just a few miles way.

When the GOP candidate arrived, he greeted young kids in little league uniforms and went inside to order a meatball sub. Not a protester was in sight.

Romney and his campaign wouldn't openly acknowledge the Wawa change, other than to point out Rendell's propensity to say things that could disappoint the Obama White House and his Democratic allies.

“My surrogate is former Gov. Rendell, who said I can win Pennsylvania, so I'm happy to hear that," Romney said.

Since his "surrogate" was there, Romney said, "we decided to come to a different place."

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Filed under: 2012 • Ed Rendell • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Pete

    Romney just doesn't get it,ya can't win elections thinking you're cute or funny,he's neither.He thinks he's an economic wizz,couldn't be further from the truth,having to get a loan to rescue his semi- bankrupt Bain from Bush not from TARP,but from the FDIC,to this day nevered paid back,that's tax payers monies he took without any collateral or unsecured in bank terms.He still hasn't revealed his tax forms has he,but October is the last month for extentions,so time is on his side but its not good ,not being forth right,honest showing your true worth.He'll find out what its like on debate night,he can't hide,no innuendos,no lies,no gaffs or slip ups.Romney will be were Pres.Obama feels at home,in front of the cameras,talking back the supposid facts from Romney,his campaign advisors will certainly have their hands full won't they...

    June 16, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. RINO Bil

    If he can't stand up to a few detractors, he won't be able to stand up to powerful world leaders. There's a term for that ... cowardice.

    June 16, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Larry L

    Remember when President H. W. Bush revealed his awareness of the scanner in the supermarket? He was not even close to being as out of touch with real people as this spoiled preppy. President H.W. Bush was also a real war hero and a person who continues to do the right thing for our country. Romney isn't fit to wipe his boots but the Koch brothers decided to "buy him" because he's pliable.

    June 16, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. B

    Romney fled away faster than a doctor fleeing the scene of a car accident, fearing that he would be pinned down by the protesters and forced to give responses to questions that he clearly has no answers for.

    June 16, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. B

    Looking at the facial expressions of both Romney and his staff in the photo above, it is obvious that once again these elitists are disgusted by the local cuisine.

    June 16, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. Republican who supports President Obama

    In the famous words of Terry Benedict: run and hide. Hide from the people who you need to convince.

    How cn this man be taken seriously if he cannot face protesters. Talk about thin skin.

    Not presidential.

    June 16, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    Love it. I wonder if they had donuts at this Wawa because it seems that the bishop doesn't know what a donut is. Really and truly I am not kidding. Your would think that after he put those cookies down after they were made specialling for him that he would have learned how the other half eats.
    Thank you to those in PA who did the same thing he has been doing to the President. Too bad that 150 protesters is a bigger crowd than he gets anywhere else he goes.

    June 16, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. anotherGDlefty

    Way to face the music Bishop.
    Pretending nothing is happenig outside of your bubble is very GW Bush of you sir.
    How about an interview outside of FOXPAC?

    June 16, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    turn about fair play I guess after Mitt sends his bus tour to heckle at Obama events. Seems that Mitt can't handle it though.

    June 16, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

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    June 16, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. Mitzie

    So the Romney campaign was presented with a group using his own tactics against him. Good for Governor Rendell! While I personally hate this dispicable form of politics...the Romney campaign has certainly brought this upon itself after using former staff members in Massachusetts to heckle President Obama. Romney served it up now he has to learn to take it.

    June 16, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. Lenwood May

    He can dodge that, but can he dodge the vote in November, that's when it counts.

    June 16, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. BrianPatronie

    Romney should`nt have diverted, he should`ve engaged Rendell if possible.
    Heck, Rendell might have come out and endorsed him, LOL!!

    June 16, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  14. chuck weidemann

    Romney wants to be tuff with Russia and Syria when he can send other peoples children to do the dirty work.....and runs like a chicken hawk when he has a chance to confront the opposition personally!!! What kind of a leader would you get with him as the president???.... A scared rich boy.

    June 16, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  15. enuff

    He avoided it BECAUSE his surrogate says things that DISAPPOINT the Obama whitehouse? Say what? he is afraid to meet any voters with opposing views..

    June 16, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He can't handle the same tactics that he goes after Obama with? Does that show cowardice? You have to wonder.

    June 16, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  17. Roy

    Ask Romney if he is willing to donate all of his $250 million to help to pay off USA debt but he can keep his $10 million so in that way we can see if he truly cares about our country.

    June 16, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  18. King

    the repubs are good at shifting jobs from state to state, then call that job creation. 8 years of bush economics with trillions in tax cuts and deregulations and we had some of the slowest, and most outsourcing of jobs we've ever seen. now Romney wants to double the bush economics, and then totally hand over America on a silver patter to China.our businesses needs incentitives to invest in America, they need massive modernization to hire folks, this will even pull foreign companies here, instead of outsourcing all the time. let's rebuild America for Americans, and put millions back to work

    June 17, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  19. Sydnium S. Washington

    James Bond, I presume. How much is the sub that you ordered?

    June 17, 2012 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  20. Bob Rumfield

    I was at the Quakertown WAWA that Governor Mitt Romney visited yesterday. He was greeted by an impromptu gathering of well wishers, Not being a scheduled stop, the crowd was a cross section of Eastern Pennsylvania populous. The former Givernor and Preidential candidate was greeted warmly with not one vocal dissenter. It appeared that everyone present wanted to shake the former Governor's hand and welcome him to Quakertown. I was a great moment for me in meeting who I feel will be the next President of the United States.

    June 17, 2012 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  21. Liz

    What a surprise! I came into WaWa for gas & a soda and wound up extending a "Welcome to Quakertown" to Mitt Romney. Quakertown, traditionally Democratic, showed only enthusiasm for Mr. Romney. As a "born & raised" Quakertown resident and a life long independent–from my point of view Mr. Romney is headed to the White House.

    June 17, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
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