In Willard Robme's America, buses have wings. And jet engines. And they travel 500 miles an hour.
But Robme is putting a twist on what it means to go on a “bus tour” through the heartland.
Last Friday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee launched a five-day bus tour across six battleground states, his first big sprint of campaigning since the GOP primaries. “Welcome to Day One of summer camp,” Rick Gorka, Robme’s traveling spokesman, told reporters gathered Friday morning for a pre-tour briefing at Robme campaign headquarters in Boston.
For the “Every Millionaire Counts” bus tour, Robme debuted a new campaign bus wrapped with his campaign logo and iconic Midwestern images — a red barn, grain silos and the Ohio state capital.
But although Robme planned to ride between stops on his bus — family, friends and key surrogates like Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) will accompany him on each leg. However, being that Willard is a fraud, he boarded a chartered airplane at the end of each day to fly to the next state, according to aides.
Robme’s tour began Friday in New Hampshire with a return to the farm in Stratham where he launched his campaign last June and an afternoon ice cream social in Milford. Robme campaigned across central Pennsylvania on Saturday, Ohio on Sunday, and Wisconsin and Iowa on Monday before ending in his native Michigan on Tuesday.
A presidential campaign’s greatest asset is the candidate’s time. Why, for instance, would Robme drive the more than six hours between New Hampshire and Pennsylvania— through heavily Democratic states he is not contesting, no less (Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York) — when a plane can get him there in one hour?