Romney Bails On Planned Campaign Stop To Avoid Democrats

June 16, 2012 12:00 AM
Romney Bails On Planned Campaign Stop To Avoid Democrats
" QUAKERTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Mitt Romney on Saturday tried to refocus on middle-class economic issues as his bus tour wound through Pennsylvania — though Democrats pushed the likely Republican presidential nominee off of his original itinerary.

Romney rerouted his tour after former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and several other Democratic officials held a press conference outside the Wawa gas station where the former Massachusetts governor had planned an early afternoon stop. Protestors gathered outside the store.

So Romney decided to visit a different Wawa store instead.

“Why we’re at this Wawa, instead of the other Wawa?” Romney said as he paid for a meatball hoagie. “I understand I had a surrogate over there already, so we decided to pick a different place. My surrogate is former Gov. Rendell, who said we could win Pennsylvania.”

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 "

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