WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney will head out on a bus tour across battleground states in mid-August in the run up to the party convention in Tampa, Florida, his campaign said Tuesday.
Details were still being worked out, but an official in the campaign told AFP that the bus tour — Romney’s second since clinching his party’s nomination in April — will carry him through swing states widely seen as crucial to the outcome of the November election.
The roll out is expected on or shortly after August 10, some two and a half weeks before the Republican convention, when Romney is expected to be officially crowned the nominee.
The timing is leading to speculation that Romney, fresh off a heavily criticized trip to Britain, Israel and Poland that concluded Tuesday, may announce his running mate at that time and then head out on the road with him — or her.
Sources familiar with the plans described to CNN a four-day bus tour through Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, and said prominent Republicans and campaign surrogates would join Romney at each of the stops.
“Sounds like VP week,” CNN quoted a Republican familiar with the schedule but who did not want to be identified discussing campaign plans.
“Hitting the big markets in the big states. It just makes sense.”
Romney is locked in a neck-and-neck race for the White House against President Barack Obama. Both campaigns have acknowledged the importance of about 10 swing states where the outcomes will likely decide the election.
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019