By Ken Hegan for MSN Travel
Hunter S. Thompson made me a travel writer.
In his book, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72, HST hilariously described what it was like to jet around America while covering the 1972 presidential election. By chapter 2, I wanted to bounce around US airports, hotels, and convention halls just like HST did, following candidates as they lusted for the White House.
That’s why I’m excited about Mitt Romney’s new travel contest.
If you’ve been following the news this week, you know the Republican presidential candidate is having a lousy September on the campaign trail. After a lackluster political convention, he fell further behind President Obama in the polls. Romney was hammered by critics for his statements on the Libyan crisis. And now there’s a leaked recording of Romney slamming poor people to a room of rich supporters.
Maybe you’ll fly between two battleground states like Ohio and Florida, where the results are still a tossup between Democrats and Republicans. Or maybe Romney will burnish his foreign policy experience by making a surprise trip to visit US personnel in Afghanistan, Iraq, or whatever US embassy is under attack.
Total prize value is estimated at $2975 US.
The best part? Not only do you get to fly on Mitt’s plane (which his wife, Ann, has nicknamed “Hair Force One”), you can help Mitt rename his jet!
Here’s a quote from Mitt’s recent fundraising email:
“I’m excited to invite two of my supporters to come on board the plane, and join me for a day on this important journey. I hope you’ll enter for a chance to fly with me.
I don’t know exactly what our itinerary will be, but if you’re one of the winners — I can tell you it will be exciting. And, who knows, maybe you and I will come up with a better name for the campaign plane.”
So what should Romney name his jet?
Here are a few ideas:
- The Golden Gaffe
- Mitt Hits the Fan
- Mayday Mitt
- The Unforced Error
- The Full Monty Burns
- The Holy Ghost of a Chance
- The Rominator
- Don’t You Know How Rich I Am
For your chance to win a dream day with Mitt, enter here. Good luck!
— Ken Hegan
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