Reporting Pat Kessler
EAGAN, Minn. (WCCO) — Fresh off his big primary victory in Florida, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney made a campaign stop in Minnesota. And was promptly glittered.
Romney was glittered as he kicked off a private event at Freightmasters, Inc. in Eagan at 1 p.m.
On Twitter, Nick Espinosa (@CGoHome) took credit for the glittering, writing, “I just glitterbombed Mitt Romney and yelled “feel the rainbow, the 1 percent pays for hate, you’re not welcome in our state!”
Espinosa has also taken credit for glittering Rep. Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich earlier.
At his Eagan stop, Romney was expected to talk about the next big step in the race for the GOP nomination — the caucuses held Tuesday in Minnesota.
He won the Minnesota caucus in 2008 by a convincing margin. The early numbers in 2012, however, don’t look at positive. There is a three-way split amongst the GOP party between Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.
Gingrich, Santorum and Ron Paul are all vowing to stay in the race as long as it takes.
Romney’s campaign is trying to establish an image of invincibility as the eventual and probable Republican nominee. It appears democrats are viewing it that way, too.
The Democratic National Committee is holding a press conference outside of the event to talk about Romney’s record. There is also a protest planned outside the event by seniors who are worried about Romney’s stance on social security.
Wednesday marks Mitt Romney’s first visit to the state since he has been vying to be a presidential candidate.
Meanwhile, Rep. Michele Bachmann is getting pressure to support Romney for president. Since she dropped out of the race in early January, she has declined to endorse anyone.
On the other hand, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who was the first to drop out of the race, was also the first to endorse Romney.
Pawlenty was also expected to speak at the rally in Eagan.
WCCO Political Reporter Pat Kessler spoke 1-on-1 with Mitt Romney. Check out his interview here.