(ATLANTA) — Mitt Romney is hitting the road. After weeks of a somewhat light campaigning schedule that was far more focused on hitting high-dollar fundraisers than holding public campaign events, the presumptive GOP candidate will launch a five-day, six-state bus tour, making stops in several key battleground states.
The tour, dubbed “Believe in America: Every Town Counts,” is set to kick off this Friday at the New Hampshire farm where he launched his campaign last June, and will take the candidate through the Granite State and then on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, before ending in his native state of Michigan.
It will be the first time Romney has visited Wisconsin since the Badger State’s primary in April as well as the first trip back to Michigan since that state’s primary. The bus tour will mark only Romney’s third visit to Iowa since becoming the presumptive nominee. According to local reports, Romney is expected to stop in Davenport, Iowa, as part of the tour.
While Romney occasionally brings out his campaign bus during stops in battleground states, this tour will be the longest the candidate has done and will cover far more ground than those in the past. Romney did a three-day bus tour in New Hampshire leading up to the primary there. The “Earn It” bus tour weaved in and out of small towns across the granite States, the former Massachusetts governor stopping by gas stations and restaurants along the way.
This upcoming bus tour is expected to have the same vibe, according to a source familiar with the plans. In addition to the planned campaign events the tour will include off-the-cuff stops where Romney will be able to meet and talk to voters.
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