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Romney Goes to Vermont

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Brock also spoke about promoting Vermont as a destination for Presidential debate preparation retreats.  "Now if we could get Obama to do the same thing, it could be a revenue producer," he said.


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Brock also took the opportunity to assert some independence from total acceptance of the Republican platform, pointing out that he supports a woman's right to choose whether or not to have an abortion.  For younger women, however, he said he supports parental notification. 


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Also concerned with generating Vermont revenue, like Brock, the Woodstock Early Bird blog commented on the stack of empty pizza boxes left by the media people on the Woodstock Green, pizza boxes from a pizza place in NH. 


The Early Bird was not pleased by the campaign's choice of patronage, lamenting that "the entire motorcade stopped in to pick up some take-out pizza from Lui-Lui's. Good stuff. But, ya' know we have at least six places for tasty pizza right here along Route 4 in VERMONT!"   click here;


Mostly the news during Romney's three days in Vermont consisted of reports with no substance that he was doing debate prep with U.S. Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio, standing in for Obama.  Portman played the same role for Sen. John McCain, R-AR, in his 2008 presidential campaign. 


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The public and the media got no closer to the Romney-Portman sessions than the gate at the foot of the long driveway leading to Healey's house on a remote hilltop in West Windsor, not far from the village of Brownsville in the Town of Reading, although the closest village to the house is South Woodstock.   This is the heart of Vermont horse country where two cultures collide, as indicated by numerous Obama-Biden signs outnumbered only by No Trespassing signs. 


Only veteran Vermont reporter Susan Smallheer of the Rutland Herald reported on the local context in significant detail.  In 2003, the Healeys were one of five families who sued the Town of West Windsor, claiming their property taxes were too high.  The case went to the Vermont Supreme Court, which upheld the Healeys and their fellow plaintiffs, leading to their saving $7,000 a year on their local property taxes. 

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