LISBON - Mitt Romney's campaign bus was in town Tuesday, minus the Republican presidential and vice presidential candidates themselves.
The bus stopped for about an hour around noon on state Route 45, across the road from the Sparkle supermarket, while weaving its way across Eastern Ohio like a mobile campaign billboard.
"Starting last Tuesday we started our 'Commit to Mitt' early voting bus tour in Ohio," said Jason Osborne, who is in charge of Romney's bus tour in Ohio. "We're trying to hit all 88 counties between now and Election Day to promote early voting and get out the vote."
LISBON STOP — Columbiana County Commissioner Mike Halleck stands next to the Mitt Romney campaign bus, which stopped in Lisbon Tuesday. The Republican presidential and vice presidential candidates weren’t aboard. - Tom Giambroni
The bus tour began the day in Lancaster near Columbus and traveled to Cambridge, Cadiz and Carrollton before stopping in Lisbon. The bus was on its way to Cuyahoga Falls, where Romney was scheduled to hold a campaign rally Tuesday evening. Romney was to be joined by Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who was in Lordstown for a rally.
The bus is to transport Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to campaign rallies scheduled throughout Ohio the rest of the week.
"At every stop we've had tons of people that come to see the bus. We had another bus that was (in Lisbon) that was a phone bank operation in the back so people could make calls to the friends and neighbors" encouraging them to vote, Osborne said.
The turnout in Lisbon was more sporadic, with curious motorists pulling over to find out what was going on after seeing the bus in the parking lot. Those who stopped were treated to a tour of the bus.
Osborne said the bus is likely to return at some point between now and the Nov. 6 election.
"It depends where we are in the schedule. We want to get everywhere and we'll be back here. There's no question this is an important county and we got a lot of great support here," he said.