A bus tour in support of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign will make four stops in the New River and Roanoke valleys on Tuesday
The Republican candidate himself will not be on hand, but the Romney Mobile HQ Bus will visit Wytheville, Dublin, Blacksburg and Roanoke as part of a “We did build it” swing through Southwest Virginia.
The Republican Party of Virginia notes the visits will “highlight the hard work, sacrifice and individual achievement of small business owners in the commonwealth.”
It’s part of a Republican push — including television commercials and a string of news conferences last week — to highlight a comment President Barack Obama made during a July 13 campaign stop in downtown Roanoke: “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Most nonpartisan fact-checkers have noted that Obama was referring to the country’s infrastructure with his use of “that.” But his political opponents say it reflects a hostility toward business and entrepreneurs.
The Romney bus rallies will include voter registration and absentee ballot drives and remarks by local Republican politicians at these locations:
– 10 a.m., Wytheville, local headquarters, 275 W. Main St.
– 1 p.m., Dublin, Collector’s Showcase, 5635 Old Route 11.
– 3:30 p.m., Blacksburg, local headquarters, 215 Draper Road.
– 6 p.m., Roanoke County, local headquarters, 2706 Ogden Road.
— Brian Kelley