The Romney campaign gave its traveling press corps an early Christmas gift yesterday. Although the size was a little too big, no one complained. It was something we'd all wanted for quite a while, and it did not disappoint.
We got a bus!
For most of the time I've been covering Governor Romney's campaign, members of the media have been responsible for getting from event to event on their own. The combination of unfamiliar roads, a jam-packed schedule and the ill-advised (yet sometimes necessary) practice of Blackberrying while driving has led to an ignoble tally of speeding tickets and near accidents among reporters driving rental cars. By the way, I'd like to thank the kind drivers in Omaha, Nebraska, who waited patiently for me to turn around when I accidentally set out the wrong way on a one-way street.
For the past few weeks, the campaign has been providing us with press vans on particularly busy days, but we're really upgrading to first class now. The big windows allow for great views of the Iowa countryside and the bathroom is a luxury in its own right. There are even rumors swirling about wireless Internet access eventually being installed (one can always dream).
Even though the Iowa caucuses are just three weeks away, Romney's traveling press corps remains small on most days. Our new bus seats 52 people, but only seven reporters made use of it yesterday. Check out the behind-the-scenes video below, which documents the inaugural voyage from our hotel in Des Moines to yesterday's GOP debate in Johnston.