Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop at the Scamman Farm in Stratham, N.H., Friday, June 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
MILFORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney launched a multistate bus tour through small-town America on Friday, charging that President Barack Obama hasn’t given the middle class “a fair shot.”
The tour, unusual for Romney, marked an attempt to upend Obama’s core argument against his challenger: that the Republican is disconnected from the ordinary folks he aims to lead.
The five-day, six-day excursion by bus — as well as airplane — comes after Romney spent the past few weeks courting wealthy donors and raising millions of dollars to fund his presidential ambitions.
“If there’s ever been a president who has not given a fair shot to the middle-income Americans of this great nation, it is Barack Obama,” Romney declared from a makeshift podium during an “ice cream social” in Milford’s town square. “I understand what it takes to get people to work again. I will do that to help the American people from the richest to the poorest and everybody in between.”
Obama used the power of the presidency to overshadow Romney’s big day.
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