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Mitt Romney to Launch “Every Town Counts” Swing-State Bus Tour

Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has announced that he will set off on a five-day bus tour through six crucial swing states beginning on Friday.

The Romney campaign announced the tour, called “Believe In America: Every Town Counts,” on Monday morning. The Associated Press reports that it will kick off on June 15 in Stratham, New Hampshire, where Romney launched his candidacy last year, and continue through small towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan– all critical battleground states– until June 19.

“For three and a half years, President Obama has paid little attention to the everyday concerns of the American people,” the former Massachusetts governor said in a Monday statement announcing the tour.

“President Obama has offered no hope for the future, and he has left American families to bear the burden of his failed policies,” the statement continued. “Too many American families have experienced a lost job, faced foreclosure, or been forced to spend their kids’ college savings just to make ends meet.”

“These are not statistics – these are our fellow Americans. In America’s small towns, you don’t find despair — you find boundless optimism. We know we can make America better, and that is why I am running for president.”

According to the latest Rasmussen poll, Romney enjoys a slight 47 to 44 percent lead over President Barack Obama. Five percent of respondents said they preferred another candidate; four percent were undecided.

The presidential race is extremely close in many swing states. A series of May 31 NBC-Marist polls in six key states found President Obama had a narrow lead in Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada. In Iowa, the candidates were locked in a virtual tie.

The economy continues to be the main issue of concern to voters, with only 13 percent rating the economy as “good or excellent,” according to a Rasmussen poll released on Monday. Overall, the poll found that 47 percent of voters at least “somewhat approve” of the president’s job performance, while 52 percent at least “somewhat disapprove” of how he is doing his job.

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