ATLANTA - Mitt Romney is hitting the road. After weeks of a light campaigning schedule that was far more focused on hitting high-dollar fundraisers than holding public 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 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 and will end 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 the 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.
"For three and a half years, President Obama has paid little attention to the everyday concerns of the American people," Romney said in a statement announcing the tour. "President Obama has offered no hope for the future, and he has left American families to bear the burden of his failed policies.
"Too many American families have experienced a lost job, faced foreclosure, or been forced to spend their kids' college savings just to make ends meet," said Romney. "These are not statistics - these are our fellow Americans. In America's small towns, you don't find despair - you find boundless optimism. We know we can make America better, and that is why I am running for president."
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. 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 state, stopping by gas stations and restaurants along the way.
This upcoming bus tour is expected to have the same vibe, according to a person familiar with the plans. The tour will include off-the-cuff stops where Romney will meet and talk to voters.
According to a post on the Mitt Romney website, Romney will spend Father's Day - the third day of his bus tour - at a pancake breakfast in Ohio.