Romney to hold campaign event in Kirkwood Tuesday
WASHINGTON – Making his first campaign appearance in Missouri, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney plans a “grassroots event on jobs and the economy” in Kirkwood on Tuesday – a few days before the state’s Republicans begin their caucuses.
Later that day, Romney plans to visit a GOP caucus site at the quadrangle of William Jewell College in Liberty, in western Missouri. A news release from Romney’s campaign said that the former Massachusetts governor will discuss jobs and the economic situation at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday at Kirkwood Park, 111 South Geyer Road. The event in Liberty will take place at 5 p.m.
Campaign advisers say that Romney, who lost badly to former Sen. Rick Santorum in the non-binding Missouri primary on Feb. 7, is taking the state’s caucuses more seriously because they will choose the state’s GOP delegates. That process, however, will last from the initial caucuses on March 17 until April.
Former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, a senior advisor to Romney, told the Beacon on Thursday that Romney was launching a “major effort” in Missouri this time around, already lining up coordinators in nearly all of the state’s counties. His supporters and campaign staffers are also lining up delegates and conducting training sessions for the caucuses.
“I don’t think anybody thought that [primary] vote really represented the true level of Mitt Romney’s support” in Missouri, Talent said. He described last month’s non-binding primary “an exhibition game where only one team played.” — a reference to the fact that Santorum made appearances in the state while Romney focused his attention on states actually choosing delegates.
Romney’s appearances on Tuesday follow campaign stops over the weekend in Missouri by both Santorum and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tx., who drew a big crowd at Lindenwood University in St. Charles on Saturday.
So far, Romney has outperformed the other GOP contenders in garnering endorsements from prominent Missourians, which include Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and former Republican U.S. Sens. Talent, John C. Danforth and Christopher Kit Bond.