Romney and Obama Continue with their Carnival Sideshows
Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama’s campaign held separate news conferences on the opposite ends of the United States. Both news conferences targeted the opponent and showed why the other party is incompetent in improving the nation’s economy.
This would be the atmosphere of this year’s general election. This is the preview of how it will be fought in person and on the airwaves across the nation. Both parties had their battle plans but at the end of the day, they have gone off-center. But Thursday’s events were overshadowed by the news of the deadlocked jury in John Edwards’ corruption trial.
Romney made a secret trip to Solyndra’s headquarters, which is a solar energy company that folded up after receiving a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration. He said that Solyndra is a symbol of failure and a serious conflict of interest.
Romney’s appearance had little to do with his message but more on the secretive nature of the event. It reminded observers of covert presidential trips to unsafe areas across the globe. People argue that the Bay Area, which is a bastion of liberalism, is a hostile ground to a Republican presidential candidate.
Romney’s campaign kept the event a secret. Reporters didn’t receive advance notice of where and when the event would take place. They were told to gather Thursday morning in a hotel parking lot in Redwood City for a trip to an undisclosed location.
But their plan didn’t work because there were already speculations that Romney would go to Solyndra. There were already at least seven satellite trucks in the location before he arrived. It is a hard task for a presidential candidate to be elusive when he travels with an entourage, which includes Secret Service agents, large bus with his name, and California Patrol officers.