A Last-Minute Pitch on the Romney Bus
By Juliet Eilperin
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- For a campaign like Mitt Romney's, get-out-the vote efforts start right within your own camp. It doesn't always guarantee success, though.
On the way to a primary-day rally this morning, Romney spokesman Tim Albrecht asked the media bus driver, Terrence Bennett, whether he would be voting today once he got off work and returned home to his native town of Detroit. Bennett assented, so Albrecht launched into his pitch.
"Once you're going to go home, we'd love to have you vote for Governor Romney."
"I haven't made up my mind."
"He's good, he's from Michigan, he cares about you guys."
"I know he's from Michigan, but I haven't decided yet."
In an interview, Bennett--who doesn't have a party preference--said he's looking for a candidate who will help restore Michigan's economy and provide broader health care coverage.
"I listen to what people say. My thing is like this: are you going to follow what you say?" he asked. "You hear it all the time, if I'm elected I'm going to do this, I'm going to do that, I'm going to do this and this and this. I see something totally different from what I'm hearing. Me, as a young person and a voter, I have a problem with that."
Maybe Albrecht will win Bennett over on the ride to the airport. After all, there's plenty of time before the polls close.
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