Friday, June 8, 2007

Romney Son Driving 'Mitt Mobile' to Iowa

In The News

By: Lisa Riley Roche
Deseret Morning News
It wasn't hard to spot which of the genteel homes in Salt Lake City's Harvard-Yale neighborhood belongs to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's son, Josh - there was the 30-foot motor home squeezed into the driveway earlier this week.

"But the oversize vehicle dubbed the 'Mitt Mobile' wasn't parked for long in the area known for brick Tudor houses, manicured lawns and quiet, tree-lined streets. With Josh, 31, behind the wheel, the motor home was headed to Iowa today.

"There, the only one of Mitt Romney's five offspring living in Utah plans to spend much of the summer campaigning for his father, making stops in all of Iowa's 99 counties before that state's Republican straw poll on Aug. 11.

"Once in Iowa, the motor home - a used Winnebago chosen because it was manufactured there as well as for its low price - will be transformed with a red, white and blue wrapping featuring the flag and the candidate's name in giant letters." ...

"People can get to know more about the family and how important the family is to us. Hopefully it's a way for them to get insight into what kind of man my father is,' Josh said of the brothers' participation in the campaign. 'We're not perfect, but we all did pretty well.'" ...

"What would be different about his life if his father becomes president? 'Probably nothing. If you know my dad, he's not going to give me a position,' Josh said. 'Mostly, it'd be great to watch. Hopefully I'd get some visits to the White House.'

"The election, though, is still more than a year away, and there are still a lot of miles to be traveled in Iowa. The state has long been seen as key to the campaign because of the straw poll and January's caucus vote, the kickoff to the presidential primary season." ...

"But that hasn't changed Josh's plans. He's already been to the state four times since his mother surprised him at a campaign event held there earlier this year by promising he'd fulfill the traditional presidential campaign goal in Iowa of visiting every county.

"Josh has readied himself for repeated visits between now and the August straw poll by studying up on his father's positions on the issues as well as reviewing a book about Iowa's curiosities such as being home to the world's largest truck stop.

"People expect me to know everything my father thinks and know his position on everything,' Josh said. 'People feel passionately about issues."