Pennsylvania today, Mitt Romney retreated from his planned bus tour route when faced with having to answer for his failed record as Governor of Massachusetts. Rather than address the assembled crowd at his planned stop in Quakertown, lay out a single new idea to create jobs now, or answer reporters’ questions about the issues of the day, Romney instead posed for photos with cows and joked about how his administration systematically destroyed public records when he was Governor.
Here’s a sample of the coverage:
AP: Instead of making prepared remarks to the crowd gathered outside the first location – Romney’s advance team had set up a microphone – the Republican’s bus went instead to the second Quakertown Wawa and made a quick tour through the store. The detour threw Romney off the jobs-and-economy message he had been pushing earlier in the day.”
AP: “During the primary, Romney sometimes ran into trouble in less-scripted environments, and the bus tour probably will test him again. He also has long faced questions about his ability to connect with average people.”
ABC News:“The Romney bus tour hit a speed bump today when more than a hundred protesters showed up at a gas station where the presumptive GOP presidential candidate was scheduled to make a stop, and the candidate’s motorcade quickly rerouted to another location just three miles away.”
New York Times: “Romney had plans to stop by a Wawa store here to pick up some sandwiches and greet some voters. But before he and his motorcade could arrive, roughly 200 protesters — led by former Gov. Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania — descended on the convenience store, and the Romney campaign diverted his bus to a different (and protest-free) Wawa in the same town.”
LehighValley Live: No one really knew what happened and, with the Romney campaign not returning calls and Wawa representatives knowing only rumors, the exact course of events wasn’t easy to discern.”
MSNBC: “Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney did a switcheroo Saturday … On the second day of the “Every Town Counts” bus tour, Romney was scheduled to appear at a Quakertown Wawa, but more than 100 protesters gathered before Romney’s planned arrival. With no explanation to the press, the campaign switched venues as the motorcade
Because Mitt Romney can’t hang with REAL PEOPLE. Corporations are PEOPLE, friends. Looks like COWS are PEOPLE now, huh, Mittens?
Mitt Romney thinks that he will not have to answer to ALL Americans about his vision for America. What does that tell us? You can run, Mitt Romney but you cannot HIDE!
Romney Leaves Supporters in Quakertown, Goes Elsewhere to Avoid Dems
by: John Morgan
Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 17:53:50 PM EDT
Mitt Romney left hundreds of his supporters waiting in the heat at a Quakertown Wawa today as he went elsewhere to avoid about 100 Democrats who also showed up. Ed Rendell headlined a counter Democratic event beforehand and could now write a book about the wuss Romney. Ironically a Republican walked over to the Dem event with a sign calling the former Governor “a big, fat wuss.” It didn’t faze the Governor nor any of the other Democratic leaders there to speak about the Romney record. I did notice the man, along with an apparently drunken guy with a Santa hat on, leave as Rendell recited actual facts about tax cuts and jobs. It was as if they couldn’t absorb actual facts.
Congressional candidate Kathryn Boockvar, Auditor General candidate Eugene DePasquale, Treasurer Rob McCord and former Congressman Patrick Murphy spoke. A local teacher also spoke about cuts to education. I interviewed both Boockvar and Murphy following the event.
The Wawa convenience store by the Turnpike entrance was host to hundreds as folks began descending on it around 10 AM. When I arrived at 10:40 I secured one of the last open parking spaces and the managers inside were surprised to discover they would be hosting dueling events. A bit overwhelmed the asked the Dems to move next door to an empty produce stand. As I covered that I could see more and more conservatives packing into the Wawa lot. A man with a large Romney sign put flags on his truck and drove around the parking lot. State Police showed up, I believe at the store’s request and blocked off the entrances.
Romney Bus Runs & Hides
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Looks like Mitt Romney’s campaign bus ran to hide out at another location in Pennsylvania.
The Romney bus tour hit a speed bump today when more than a hundred protesters showed up at a gas station where the presumptive GOP presidential candidate was scheduled to make a stop, and the candidate’s motorcade quickly rerouted to another location just three miles away…..
…According to local reports, Rendell, along with 150 to 200 anti-Romney protesters, had shown up at the original gas station to tout Obama’s message, speaking ahead of when Romney was scheduled to arrive.
About 50 people greeted Romney at the new location, including a little league baseball team,….
I guess Romney, who hid out in France rather than go to Vietnam, found another location to take his large bus and his music that is appropriate for an arriving rich potentate. According to the article at YahooNews, the Democratic protesters of 150 -200 was larger than the crowd of 50 waiting for Romney.
Have you noticed that when Romney appears at a campaign location that his audience is 99.9% white and mostly men? NO SHIT, SHERLOCK!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Greetings from Pennsylvania-blog- check it out!
Why Romney’s “repeal and replace” plan for Obamacare would fail millions of Americans
Romney has been very clear that he would repeal Obamacare — including its requirement that insurers cover those with preexisting conditions — but he’s never given a good answer about what he would replace it with. In fact, as policy director James Kvaal explains in this blog post, the centerpiece of Romney’s plan for health reform has actually been the law since 1996.
Mitt Romney: I’ll repeal ACA no matter what
By: Juana Summers
June 12, 2012 12:11 PM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. — Mitt Romney pledged Tuesday that no matter what the Supreme Court does about President Barack Obama’s health care law, he’ll still push for a repeal of the whole thing.
Romney’s remarks to supporters at Con-Air Industries, a heating and air conditioning filter factory, didn’t mark any change in his health care policies — but they did acknowledge that the upcoming Supreme Court ruling is what’s on everyone’s minds right now. The court ruling could come in the last week of June — just two weeks away.
Romney drew a sustained standing ovation from the crowd when he repeated his promise to grant waivers from “Obamacare” to all 50 states on the first day of his presidency.
“You know, regardless of what they do, it’s going to be up to the next president whether to repeal or replace Obamacare, or to replace Obamacare. I intend to do both,” Romney said, pretending to pull a copy of the Supreme Court decision out of his pocket.
Read the rest here
What Romney Economics meant for Massachusetts firefighters, cops, and teachers
As governor of Massachusetts, Romney didn’t just cut jobs for teachers and first responders. He vetoed funding for student fire safety education, increased fees for police training, and redirected grant money meant for first responder equipment. Take a look at this blog post about Romney’s record, and share it with others:
VIDEO: It didn’t work then, it won’t work now
President Obama’s jobs plan would put teachers back in classrooms and first responders back on our streets — it’s part of his plan to create up to a million new jobs that Congress left on the table last year. But under Romney Economics, the priorities are clear: When it comes to firefighters, cops, and teachers, Romney says “it’s time for us to cut back.” It’s the same plan he enforced in Massachusetts as governor. Massachusetts officials who served during Romney’s tenure explain how Romney’s cutbacks didn’t work for communities then, and how they won’t work now — take a look and pass it around:
Romney recently said that President Obama is “defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people.” I can’t even begin to tell you how eager I am to have a debate with Mitt Romney about what it means to be “out of touch.” Let’s start by taking a look at this video of his greatest out-of-touch hits, and sharing it with others:
The policies that Mitt Romney supports and now is running and hide from voters who are asking tough questions:
He believes that if you take away protections for consumers and workers and cut taxes even more for the wealthiest Americans, the market will solve all our problems on its own. We tried that approach over the last decade, and it benefited a few — but it also crashed our economy and hurt the rest of us. It didn’t create good jobs or pay down our debt — it caused the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
Americans don’t want to go bact to that.
We have to talk with our friends, families, and neighbors about the choice we have in this election, and I think there’s a lot of good stuff in this week’s tipsheet that will help you do just that.
#1 Setting the record straight on spending
Time and again, the Romney campaign has shown its willingness to make false claims about President Obama, regardless of how often they’re debunked by independent fact-checkers. That’s why the Truth Team is so important to this campaign, and it’s why I recorded a video responding to Romney’s distortions and outright inventions about the level of government spending under President Obama.
Take a look, and make sure you share this with others:
he can’t handle a handful of Protestors, but can handle Al Qaeda?
LOL You remember what happened to Palin, don’t you?
This is only the beginning of Romney running away from having to face real people with real questions about his plans for the country. He’s really going to want to run when he has to face PBO in the debates. He’ll stand on the stage, but it won’t be pretty when PBO exposes that Romney is an empty suit who is running for POTUS only because he believes it’s “his turn.”
LOl I kept having nightmares of McCain wandering around the debate stage., whild PBO was speaking. Just pitiful. Romney won’t know what hit him, while he’s mocking the President’s orator skills.
It’s a deflection and dogwhistle for his ignorant base. They won’t listen to the actual message. All they see is the black boogey man who replaced their image of who SHOULD be POTUS.
The photo clearly shows that Mitt did meet with some of his voters.
BWA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAA I have to laugh to keep from crying. Romney’s a pathetic POS!
well, thank you :) You may want to check out my blog then, since a large portion of it is dedicated to making fun of Mitt.