Sunday, September 16, 2012

Romney to stop in Ashland on Saturday - Richmond Times Dispatch

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is coming to Ashland on Saturday on a bus tour that will take him through Virginia and three other key swing states.

Romney's stop in Ashland, one of several in the state, will be his first campaign trip to the Richmond area this year.

The event will be held at Homemades by Suzanne, a catering business, at 12:30 p.m. The campaign is asking people who wish to attend the event to RSVP. To do so, go to MittRomney.com/states/Virginia. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

"The Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class" bus tour, as it is billed, will pass through Virginia on Saturday and move on to North Carolina, Florida and Ohio.

Some speculate that the jaunt has the makings of a vice presidential rollout, just weeks before the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

If Romney does come to Ashland with his vice presidential pick in tow, it won't be the first time a VP hopeful visited Homemades by Suzanne.

In October 2008, then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain's running mate, stopped by the shop on Railroad Street in downtown Ashland.

Romney also is expected to make stops in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia on Saturday.

At 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Romney is to lead a rally in Manassas at Harris Pavilion, 9116 Center St., according to Del. Barbara J. Comstock, R-Fairfax, a co-chair of his Virginia campaign.

Romney last campaigned in Virginia in June, making stops in Salem and in Loudoun County. In May, he campaigned in Fairfax County and Portsmouth and gave the commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg.

President Barack Obama campaigned in Leesburg on Thursday night. Last month, he campaigned in Virginia Beach, Hampton, Roanoke, Glen Allen and Fairfax.

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