The Democrats are nipping at Mitt Romney's heels as he takes his bus tour of small-town America, trying to undermine his message at every turn.
The Democratic National Committee calls it the "Middle Class Under the Bus" tour in which the DNC is arranging for party officials and others to precede Romney's stops with news conferences and media interviews that are severely critical of Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts and as a businessman. The Democrats are planning to shadow Romney in Michigan today with stops in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Detroit.
Over the weekend, DNC officials and their allies stopped in Madison, Wisc. in advance of Romney's visit there and highlighted what a spokesman said were "the broken promises Romney made while running for governor of Massachusetts for more jobs, less debt, and smaller government--the same promises he is making today ..Once in office, Romney failed to keep those promises: He sank Massachusetts to 47th out of 50 in job creation, hiked taxes and fees by $750 million a year, and left taxpayers with the highest debt per person in the country."
Among those making these points were Massachusetts State Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein, Massachusetts teacher Jen Hollis, and DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse.
The DNC bus tour parallels Romney's own bus tour, which began Friday in New Hampshire and is proceeding through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan.
Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog, "Ken Walsh's Washington," on usnews.com, and is the author of "The Presidency" column in the U.S. News Weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Facebook and Twitter.