Romney’s Magic Bus Tour
Presidential Hopeful Willard Romney set out on his “Every Town Counts” bus tour, which wrapped up in Michigan this week, with the goal of reaching out to small town America in key battleground states such as New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. To do this, he unveiled a custom painted bus in which he was to ride.
The problem is, is did not ride on it, nor on the three reported duplicates of it which were pre-positioned along his travel route.
Instead, reports state that rather than riding in a bus to visit small towns across these key battleground states, Willard chose instead to ride in chartered jets over the lands where he was trying to woo voters. It is not as if this was needed, the longest point between any stop was the 6 hours between New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, which would occur overnight. So, Romney’s campaign had identically painted buses pre-positioned along his travel route, and flew from airport to airport between them. Getting off of the plane, he would climb on-board the bus, and then stop at the nearby bus stop rally.
This did not go over well for some people. A large group in Quakertown, PA, where a large group of protesters including the former Governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Randell, forced the campaign to change the intended stop. Rather than facing the crowd which had tough questions on real issues, some of them former employees of companies Bain Capital had purchased and then shut down during Willard’s time managing the firm, the former Governor of Massachusetts joked that he’d changed his bus stop “just to get a good sandwich.”
Sandwiches, if you’d recall, have already gotten Willard into trouble before.
For getting to know the people, the first recommendation would be to operate on ground level, not at 20,000 feet above them. Romney already has been called out of touch in the latest polling, so this was not a wise move for him to make.