Mildred Branche shows her support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney when his bus stopped at Paul D. Camp Community College on Thursday. Romney's son, Tagg, was expected, but did not show. JIM HART/TIDEWATER NEWS

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Tagg Romney a no-show

Published 11:29am Thursday, October 25, 2012

BY ANDREW FAISON/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

andrew.faison@yahoo.com

 

FRANKLIN—Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s oldest son, Tagg, did not make Thursday’s scheduled campaign appearance in Franklin.

His absence didn’t bother supporter Clay Scott, who was among 125 to 150 hoping to see Tagg Romney during the Romney/Ryan bus tour stop at Paul D. Camp Community College.

“You can be excited about the idea without seeing the faces,” the 33-year-old Franklin man said. “It’s just great to see folks you see in the community in other settings, and see them all come together and be united with a common purpose.”

Tagg Romney, 42, was called to Boston for business and flew out of Norfolk early Thursday, said Kate Meriwether, communications director for Romney for President in Virginia.

The Franklin City Southampton Republican Committee arranged the stop.

“If he had an emergency and had to go back to Boston, it’s understandable,” said Committee Chairman Walt Brown.

People greeting the tour bus cheered “Romney, Romney, Romney!”

“I think this is a super turnout,” said Brown. “What’s impressing me is all of these young Republican kids coming out.”

Rock Church School Headmaster Ben Dillon brought 14 students to the rally.

“I am excited that they chose Franklin to make a stop,” Dillon said. “It is a good opportunity for the students to see the process.”

“I believe that all of the kids in the county and the city should have been allowed to come to this event if they wanted to come,” added Courtney Jackson of Franklin.

Rock Church student Christian Moore thought it was a good event.

“I think if things like this happened more often, and people campaigned here more, they would get more support,” added fellow student Thomas Taylor.

“With people taking time off of work to come out and see this it shows a lot of support in this area for the Romney/Ryan ticket,” said Franklin resident Mary Dunn. “I think it shows how important this election is.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Masknup

    Canada is seeking Obama supporters for citizenship! They have free healthcare, high taxes, and all types of “cradle to grave” freebies for you to enjoy. After Nov. 6, you all will need to go somewhere because the “annointed one” will have been defeated soundly!

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    • Sinoptik

      Ah Canada, better further north than ever going further south than VA.

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  • skooch

    @Sinoptik: Who asked you to get involved with anyone???

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    • Sinoptik

      Campaign volunteers and everyone else constantly telling everyone who they should vote for. Did you take time to tell anyone supporting Romney who asked them for an opinion?

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  • handkusp45

    it’s actually Nobama who is killing jobs. But I know you aren’t interested in the facts.

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    • spider68

      handkusp45—Fantasy is fact to you. Absolutely anything said against President Obama is fact to you. Why don’t you make an effort to get the real facts.

      A fellow UC/IP retiree.

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  • happy2

    They Both lie!!! As always! Which cracks me up! nothing new, History repeats it self! They both lie! Hmm…. Which one is better?

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  • FromHere

    I agree with Makalani also. What is wrong with people? Are we really so simple-minded that we’re impressed by such nonsense?

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  • evan ford

    I agree with you Makalani.

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  • independent

    It reminds me a lot of standing in front of the Franklin Post Office with a crowd of people waiting for John Warner who was running for Senate the first time. He was scheduled to stop, speak, and mingle but he and his entourage were late for a bigger engagement in Norfolk. They never slowed down as they drove down 4th Ave right past us. President Obama’s big bus didn’t slow down last year either and never gave us “little people” even the first thought. It’s all about the numbers…not big fish or little fish.

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  • Makalani

    Tagg got called up to Boston on business to export some jobs to China. like father like son. You seen one liar you seen them all.

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  • spdrewry

    Might have been just local committee hype. If I recall correctly the first report was the bus was coming thru, then another report that Tagg was coming. Maybe maybe not?

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  • Sinoptik

    “With people taking time off of work to come out and see this it shows a lot of support in this area for the Romney/Ryan ticket,”

    Slipping out of work to look at a bus, Romney can have those supporters, I don’t want to be involved with people like that.

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    • employee2

      And the TN did an article on the Obama bus passing through Courtland several months ago. They interviewed people that were excited to see the bus.

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      • Sinoptik

        I say the same about folks who would skip work to look at any bus.

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  • evan ford

    Scheduled! According to who? I never thought for one moment that he was coming here.I’m sure they appreciate all the attention the bus was given.

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  • PeaceOfPie

    Now that’s what you call “forgetting the little people”. I don’t believe for one second this emergency call happened. Franklin isn’t worth his time, never will be.

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  • skooch

    At least he was scheduled to stop! Oboma went right by stink town in his bus on his way to Emporia of all places. I guess he wanted to see his base…all the welfare recipients that he has put on the books since elected.

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    • Sinoptik

      Too funny, you get stood up by a Romney and still redirect to the opposition, says a lot.

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  • evan ford

    Looks like Tagg is a flip flopped like his dad. People Cheering a bus.WOw!

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  • employee2

    That is too funny..the last message I wrote was a link to the TN article about the Obama bus passing through and it says “Your comment is awaiting moderation”

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