Romney Wawa visit diverted by Rendell, protesters
June 16th, 2012
04:32 PM ET
9 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. Myviewis

    Democrats were protesting, really? Never. Remember, Democrats said they never, never would be rude like Republicans and protest, no no no, never Democrats. Democrats are little angels. Yeah, right.

    June 16, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Marc

    That's it president Romney, show them how to do a campaign!

    ROMNEY 2012!

    June 16, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Squigman

    Sick of Mitt. Sick of his followers. Sick of the media cramming him down everyone's throats every day. Sick of the corporate money, buying all of the time on the airwaves. Sick of seeing democracy for sale to the highest bidder. Sick of the working people believing in the very people and party that wants to enslave them. WAKE-UP.

    June 16, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. sharon

    If he can't deal with Ed Rendell, how would he deal with Putin?

    June 16, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. g

    don,t let this guy or anyone he hangs around with near your retirement fund

    June 16, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Tired of republican lies

    I guess we know how he will lead by avoiding the very people he wants to lead.

    June 16, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. joe

    ummm mitt, ed may not be the person to take cheap shots at,cause unlikemany liberals, he will shoot back. you, sir, can't handle the governator

    June 16, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Martin

    The picture shows Romney looking like he's ordering a sandwich.

    I'm surprised he could decide on a filling without polling Republican voters.

    I wonder if he changed his mind about the cheese half way through ordering?

    June 16, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    game on Mr.Mitt

    June 16, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Timothy

    Can I show up to protest when Obama speaks? No wait people get angry if you heckle Obama, but we conservatives are just supposed to take it.

    June 16, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    You don't have to be Democrat, Republican or other to know what type of Government you have without a Middle Class. Look up one word "APARTHIED".

    June 16, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. livingston

    If all it takes to make Romney turn tail and run is some protesters then he has some serious problems. What will he do if he has to stand up to Russia or Iran? Hide in the bathroom? He left hundreds of supporters standing there waiting and went about 4 miles down the road and stopped there!
    Hey Democrats – all you have to do is send a prominent Democrat to all his stops (You now know he's afraid of Rendell) and then his supporters can play hide and seek with him!
    Hey Romney – you really showed all your supporters how much you care about their support! Disrespectful.

    June 16, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. Are you kidding me?

    He cannot stand to listen to the concerns of his protestors. Just how can he lead this country if he has to run and hide from a few people who have a different opinion.

    His running away from concerned citizens sums up his while campaign – an epic failure.

    June 16, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. works4me

    He'll be ordering crow subs come November!

    June 16, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Malory Archer

    What a pathetic coward mittens is. Is this really the kind of person we want at the helm – someone who is afraid to face his adversaries? Seriously, what would he do if elected – hide in the WH and have the streets swept clear of potential detractors anytime he leaves the confines of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? That anyone would consider voting for such a pathetic individual is so sad it's laughable.

    June 16, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Jules

    The Middle Class Under the Bus Tour takes a detour. Unfortunaately, it doesn't matter where that bus goes with Romney touting his warmed over George W. Bush economic theories, the middle class will continue to be the toilet paper he and his multi millionaire friends use.

    June 16, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. john

    this seriously show the kind of commander in chief Mitt would be.

    June 16, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. sbssue1

    I certainly wouldn't worry about a few; they are just protesting because they have nothing else constructive to do. Cream will rise to the top.

    June 16, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. Mitt

    Coward! Scaredy Cat M.R.!

    June 16, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |

    Romney and the Gop republican bafoon party will be lucky to take even one state ,unless there not a state yet ,like the potential Gop state of somila where the Gop shares the same values.

    June 16, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. Harry A. Mitchell

    They should have had the forthought that he would change his mind about what Wawa he was going to go to. He changes his mind often.

    June 16, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. Harry A. Mitchell

    Who is he kidding? If he wasn't campaigning he would never step foot into a "Wawa" only 99%'s use Wawa!

    June 16, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Tom

    So then, alexithymic Mitt was so afraid of Rendall that he high tailed it to another location? What a chicken! Then he made a quip? Well, cowardly Mitt is proof that HIS talk is cheaper than his actions. Wonder what the reporters on his bus REALLY think of his "sudden detour"?

    June 16, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. G

    Romney is not a man, he's a mouse. If he is afraid of facing a few irate fellow Americans, then how in the world will he react under pressure in dealing with Putin or Ali Khamenei?

    June 16, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Ant

    You run away for his crew and say such thing he said: You can won PA if you tell people who you are, why hidding money oversea, why you against dream act, and mormone think black people is a curse then they will vote for you

    June 16, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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