Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan to campaign together in New Hampshire
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, will campaign together Monday in Manchester, N.H.
After a week spent mostly apart, the complete GOP ticket will hold a town-hall-style meeting on the quad at Saint Anselm College. The event will be Romney’s 100th town hall meeting of the campaign, according to the school, but will mark the first time he and Ryan have appeared together in New England.
The joint appearance represents a new strategy for the Romney campaign. After announcing Ryan’s selection last Saturday in Virginia, the campaign said Romney and Ryan would separate.
“We’re going to split up more often than not and double our efforts,” Ryan said in an interview that aired on CBS’s “60 Minutes” last Sunday. “It was one against two for a while. Now it’s two against two.”
But Politico reported Friday that after originally planning to have Romney and Ryan stump separately until the Republican National Convention Aug. 27-30, the campaign decided to bring the pair together a week early in the swing state of New Hampshire because Ryan helps Romney to feel more confident and relaxed.
“They really like each other, and they feed off of each other,” Campaign Manager Matt Rhoades told Politico. “There’s an energy, there’s a chemistry.”
Romney and Ryan will likely campaign together again in the Midwest later in the week, Politico reported.
President Obama campaigned in New Hampshire on Saturday, marking his third trip to the Granite State this year.
“They have tried to sell us this trickle-down snake oil before,” Obama said of Romney and Ryan’s economic plan at a high school gymnasium in Windham. “It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.”
Romney has been a frequent visitor to New Hampshire, where he owns a lake house. Romney took a break from the campaign trail Sunday at his Wolfeboro vacation home, attending church there with his wife, Ann, and oldest son Tagg’s family, according to the Associated Press. Obama also took a day off from campaigning Sunday.Callum Borchers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.