Romney/Ryan kicks off bus tour

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Less than 24 hours after landing at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan are already on their bus tour. Romney picked U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate for November’s election on Saturday.

The first stop of their four day tour is in Mooresville. They started out at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Iredell County. Eyewitness News Anchor Blair Millar is the only local reporter to spend time with the presidential hopefuls on their bus today. After Romney leaves Mooresville, he'll travel to High Point. He originally planned to visit the Raleigh-Durham area but he canceled the trip. He and Ryan will instead head to a homecoming rally in Wisconsin.

One of Romney's sons, along with gubernatorial candidate, former Charlotte Mayor, Pat McCrory will stand in for the GOP ticket in the triangle. In High Point, Romney and Ryan will speak at Absolute Style Furniture. The owner says it’s the perfect place for them to get their message out.

"There is a lot of for sale signs, a lot of empty factories, there's very few business remaining here this is the very message the very reason Romney is running to revitalize this country," said Melanie McNamara.

The “Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class” bus tour will continue on to Ohio and Florida throughout the week. We will continue to provide coverage of his stops at WSOCTV.com.