Former Massachusets governor Mitt Romney got an up-close dose of his detractors during a pair of campaign stops Sunday in Ohio.
He heard protesters shout throughout the campaign appearance in Ohio with House Speaker John Boehner, writes The Huff Post.
At Romney’s stops in Troy, southeast of Dayton, and Newark, east of Columbus, his speech was often drowned out by several dozens of protesters representing unions and community activists.
Protesters were also at the bus tour’s first stop in Brunswick, south of Cleveland, but were so far away from the speech site they couldn’t be heard.
A small but noisy group of protestors shouted throughout his speech in Troy, Ohio, ehich Romney gave from the bed of a pickup truck in Boehner’s home district.
The protesters shouted, “Romney go home!”
A group of Romney staffers moved a set of speakers into the middle of the group of protesters to try to drown them out in return.
The group had gone through regular security, and no staffers or security attempted to remove them from the event area.
In Newark protesters also tried to shout down his surrogates and his family as they introduced him to Ohio voters.
The presumptive presidential Republican candidate seemed to have no problems handling the shouts while his wife, Ann, seemed slightly taken aback by the reception, according to Fox News .
“We can be just as loud about how much we love this country,” Ann Romney said as supporters shouted their own pro-Romney chants.
The supporters equaled the volume of the protesters at both stops.
“We don’t want a bad economy,” said Ashley Greer, 26, of Massillon in Northeast Ohio. “(Romney) made his millions sending jobs overseas. He wants to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.”
Earlier, on his first stop of the Ohio leg of his bus tour, Romney offered a brighter vision for America with him at the helm.
“This is courage, you guys out here wearing garbage bags,” Romney said Sunday in Brunswick, referencing the makeshift rain gear several soaked supporters sported during a pancake breakfast in northeast Ohio. “I guess you didn’t know the rain was going to come.”
“But it looks like the sun is coming out. I think that’s a metaphor for the country,” he continued, looking off at blue skies on the horizon. “Three and half years of dark clouds are about to part. It’s about to get a little warmer around this country, a little brighter.”
In Newark and Troy, Romney gave a speech about half as long as that he gave in Brunswick.
But in all three towns he touched on the same subject – promising to make the economy better than what it has been under President Obama.
Romney accused the president of not giving the middle class “a fair shot,” saying his policies have weakened their position.
Joining him for all three Ohio stops was U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park, and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, for the Troy stop.
Portman is likely to be on Romney’s short-list of vice presidential candidates.
Mitt Romney’s five-day bus tour through America’s small towns in six crucial swing states is his greatest effort yet to reach rural voters, whom he calls the “backbone” of America and have struggled under the current administration.