Democrats to launch competing Ohio bus tour
Democrats used this bus in an August "bracketing" tour of several key battlegrounds.
September 22nd, 2012
12:29 PM ET
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Democrats to launch competing Ohio bus tour

(CNN) - When GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan cruise through Ohio on a bus tour this week, Democrats will be close behind on a bus of their own.

The Democratic National Committee announced their competing tour on Saturday as Ryan prepares to kick off the three-day swing in Lima, Ohio on Monday.

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Ryan will continue on to Cincinnati, the Romney-Ryan campaign said Thursday, and Romney will then pick up the tour with stops in Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo.

The GOP tour will be branded the "Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class" tour, his campaign said.

The counter-tour, organized by the Democratic National Committee, will include as a central theme comments Romney made at a fundraiser last spring which were posted online Monday.

In the secretly recorded fundraiser, Romney said 47% of the electorate is dependent on government services and sees themselves as victims.

Democrats will ask "who is Mitt Romney talking about," according to a DNC press release.

"Did he mean seniors who worked their whole lives and now live on a fixed income? Was he talking about servicemen and women and veterans who have fought for our country? Maybe he meant students who are working to build a better future for themselves? Or was it people who have fallen on hard times and are looking for work? These are the people Mitt Romney says are looking for a hand out," the release read.

The Democrats' messaging will also tie in Romney's own taxes, on which the candidate shed some additional light with a release of documents on Friday.

Former Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio will make stops on the DNC tour, the release said, adding that additional speakers would be announced soon.

This summer, Democrats rolled their bus behind Romney, arguing at stops in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia that the GOP candidate was throwing "the middle class under the bus."

The Romney-Ryan bus tour will begin with just 43 days remaining before November 6. The GOP ticket had faced criticism from some Republicans that the candidate needed to spend more time in front of voters and on the stump.

The latest CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio shows President Barack Obama holds an edge over Romney, 49% – 44%. The Poll of Polls includes three surveys taken in the Buckeye State since September 9.

While President George W. Bush won the state in both 2000 and 2004, Obama turned it blue in 2008, edging out Sen. John McCain there by nearly five points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Democratic National Committee • Mitt Romney • Ohio • President Obama
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. SafeJourney

    Mitt the Twit and Lyin Ryan are done.

    September 22, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. jack johnson

    Make the bus like an ICE CREAM truck, playing the speech every where it goes. This would draw peoples's attention to the bus. They may even follow it to listen to the speech.

    September 22, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    47% I really do not give darn hoot.....corporations are also people, my friend, I hate poor, let Detroit go Bankrupt, ha, ha, ha!!!!!!!!!!

    September 22, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Gerald

    Whatever details there may be to the Roney/Ryan Budget we cannot wit until after the election. Not buying the snake oil there selling.

    September 22, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. chupacabra

    I love it...need a driver?

    September 22, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As a proud member f the chattering masses, I believe it is time for Lying Mittens, Lyin Ryan, and the entire republican party to start representing Americans, and not big corporations, foreign corporations, big banks, big oil, the Kochs, Adelson, Rickett, and start addressing the problems facing our nation. Tax evasion, birtherism, and money laundering, only excite the republican base.

    September 22, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. 2020

    Well said, Well done !!!

    Middle Class has been under asult under the bus for a decade.

    We cannot take it anymore!

    Vot out Romney, Ryan and all the GOP in Congress, out out out.

    Let the people live

    September 22, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    The democrats can't compete on equal footing, they have to resort to skullduggery, to try and discredit, because they have no actual accomplishments to run on!

    September 22, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. rosco

    If Obammy ever had an original idea it would shock the world. What is our pres doing about our embassys being over thrown ??

    September 22, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. The Elephant in the Room

    Republicans can`t spell "Middle Class" even if you spotted them the M-I-D-D-L-E C-L _ _ _.

    If there are any good journalists on the rope lines, Governor Romney should be asked why he considers people making $200,000 to $250,000 per year "middle class". The 47% need to know this is how Mitt Romney sees the world.

    September 22, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney and Ryan are carrying a bus load of "has beens and wanna be's" like Palin, Gingrich, Rubio, Giliani, Trump, Rove et al which causes the bus to keep breaking down. Obama's bus is trailing behind them because they will all need to hitch a ride FORWARD.

    September 22, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. etexbill

    The democrats are playing "Follow the Leader".

    September 22, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. 200 TON HAMMER

    the DNC tour is good its right on time stream lineing the truth about mitt romney
    47% of the middle class and poor who had set backs in life thanks DNC and President Obama and President Clinton and the 2016
    President Biden and hopeful vice president joe biden son run as vice president with him that be a common good for the Democrats and the middleclass familes and jobs and rebuilding the nation highways systems etc

    September 22, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Ed1

    The Democrats have brought the Middle Class down with their continued failed policies and out of control spending why can't you see that and I am not better off than I was four years ago.

    September 22, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Mona

    UGH! Sarah Palin should be a wife & mother to her children & stay the hell out of politics. We have heard enough from her
    to last a life time! Who does she think she is anyways, "the queen of sheba"? NOT, NOT, NOT! More like the Mata Hari!
    Go away Sarah Palin.

    September 22, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. honest mari

    Yea Dems must not give the Gop an iota of chance to spread their blatant baseless lies. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 all the way.

    September 22, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |