DNC announces new bus tour to stalk Romney
August 9th, 2012
02:12 PM ET
10 years ago

DNC announces new bus tour to stalk Romney

(CNN) – The Democratic National Committee is rolling out another bus tour to trail Mitt Romney's own over the weekend through key battle ground states, harping on the Republican candidate's economic policies as throwing "the middle class under the bus."

The DNC tour will last for four days and make stops in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio between Friday and Monday starting in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET, according to their announcement.

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The bus debuted Thursday parked, as a not-so-subtle jab, outside the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington. The tour, called "Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus," will mirror Romney's travel plans over the weekend.

Romney is expected to travel through Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio. CNN first reported the GOP candidate's four-day bus tour last week.

"Throughout Mitt Romney's career, middle-class families have frequently found themselves thrown under the bus as a result of his failed record and top-down economic policies. When Romney was Governor of Massachusetts, the number of business startups fell by 10 percent and hit its lowest point during his last year in office. Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 in job creation, and Romney hiked taxes and fees by $750 million a year in addition to saddling the Commonwealth with the highest debt per person in the country," wrote the DNC in a release about the tour, which also says Romney's economic policies would "erode middle-class security."

This is the DNC's second bus tour following Romney as he campaigns throughout the country. In June, a tour by the same name stopped in key battle ground states like Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Hampshire.

Joining the DNC on the tour will be top Democratic surrogate Debbie Wasserman Schultz as well as Massachusetts elected officials, DNC Vice Chair R.T. Rybak, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and former Iowa Governor Chet Culver.

Seeing the bus parked outside the front windows of his office, RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer responded saying, "Knowing how bad of a record they have to run on I actually thought they were concerned about losing DC and were trying to connect with voters."

–CNN's Dana Davidsen and CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. cali girl

    Honk your car horn if you are a Middle Class American when you see this bus come by.

    August 9, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    Excellent idea. And it would be great to meet such a strong and intelligent woman like Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    August 9, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. v_mag

    Rich-publicans like to skip a president and go back to Clinton. They avoid at all cost mentioning the letter "W". They reluctantly accept Bush's endorsement of Rob-money, but they don't want him at the convention, much less speaking at the convention and reminding people that it's his party. They certainly don't want people visualizing Bush morphing into Romney or making a Freudian slip like, "George Willard Bush".

    August 9, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Obama outsourced jobs with taxpayer money

    The democrats have literally gone as low as possible but I'm sure they'll go even lower.

    August 9, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. george of the jungle

    great idea.Mitt where are tour tax returns??? If he is such a good businessman why can't he remember if he paid less than 13.9% on his taxes. You don't really think we buy that do ya mittens. If he is that lousy at busniess we don't want him running the country. He lies about bain he puts his money overseas. He out and out lies about the wealfare bill. Even repos say his staements are not true. His aid says if the wife of the fellow in the Obama aid had had health care like mitt put into effect in Massd she would not have dies. Really So then why does he want to take it away from all of us if it is so good in Mass. Obama care is baised on romney care. Even rush is pulling his hair whats left of it out over those remarks. The romney camp lies and lies . We need to dfollow him areound Forward 2012

    August 9, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. lolo

    I love it. LOL!!!!! Now Mittens how does it feel to be stalked like you have been stalking President Obama at all of his campaign stops. Sock it to him President Obama. Swift boat them just like they are trying to swift boat you. The only thing is that Obama is doing a better job. Looks like Rove and the rest of the party is losing thier golden touch. Like I said before America is not buying it this time, and we will not vote a rich no-nothing guy into office because he has business experience. Show them taxes Romneyhood.

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Workers Unite !

    Democrats are responsible for more lost jobs in the past 50 years than any other political group. Now ask yourself who is throwing who under the bus ?

    August 9, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    LOL. Queue Mittens's tears....

    August 9, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. obama victim

    Obama does a lot of negative campaigning against Romey....if he has done such a great job...and everyone loves him.....why is this necessary?? serious reposnes only please

    August 9, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. California Gary

    Cool set of wheels. But I don't think there is enough room under there to accommodate everyone Mitt wants to throw under it........we're gonna need a bigger bus.

    August 9, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Patriot Awesome

    Damn! When did the Democrats grow a set? Fighting fire with fire. Impressive and yet sad that they're stooping to republican tactics.

    August 9, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. cj1

    theses people are the lowest of the low. This is the worst administration ever.

    August 9, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. ExRepublican

    Good Idea the american people need to know we dont need Romney as president. Romney will hurt middle class.
    I will never support a president who dont show his taxes to american people.

    August 9, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Dems Need to Grow a Pair

    More liberal,David Axelrod BS. This Obama campaign is rife with lies and misdirection with Gibbs,Cutter and Carney fronting ignorance to ads and knowledge of the stories behind those ads (Priorities USA PAC). Wake up America ! Its right there in front of you to condemn. Call them out on this and demand transparency......You wouldn't allow your kids to lie, so why the leader of the free world?

    August 9, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. ttt

    Give them what they deserve; who do these GOP people think they are?

    August 9, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    this was a tactic that Mitt's guys used and I really wish the DNC would not stoop so low as to copy it. To me it's kind of childish and really serves no purpose.

    August 9, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw Well,
    Folks you will need to get your Hip Boots on with all the **** the Dems are spewing out there. Perhaps they need to talk about their "Extremely" Sucessful record over the last 75 years. You know, The 16 Trillion Dollar Federal debt, 48 Million on Food Stamps, Millions of Morgages under water, High unemployment, etc. I don't know Romney can top that, do you?

    August 9, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Didn't Gingrich suggest doing that to Obama? Not a bad idea, but there needs to be a greater clear dialogue over what each candidate wants to do and their basis for the idea. That way people can get a better sense of the assumptions that each candidate has.

    August 9, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Why wast the fuel ?

    August 9, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. bb

    Oblunder at his finest. Oblunder is a disgrace how immature can a president be

    August 9, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Workers unite – 8 million jobs were lost in Bush's last three years, and I believe that is a modern day record. Somebody said Bush was a republican.

    August 9, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. ptny

    Well now, the shoe is on the other foot.

    Remember Romney Bracketing Obama...circling the parking lots, honking his bus horn while Obama was speaking at a few events a few weeks ago?

    LOL, I guess boys will be boys.

    August 9, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    LOVE THAT BUS!!! All that is missing is a dog, Irish Setter to be exact, in a crate on top of the bus.

    August 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Been Here a While

    I am voting on MY bank account, not Romney's. My bank account is not not happy with the way things have been going the last few years. I know better than to base my vote on a bus parked along the side of the road...

    August 9, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Been Here a While

    I am voting on MY bank account, not Romney's. My bank account is not happy with the way things have been going the last few years. I know better than to base my vote on a bus parked along the side of the road...

    August 9, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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