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Romney stand-ins will shadow Obama bus tour

| Thursday, July 5, 2012, 12:05 a.m.

Two top lieutenants for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign will be in Pittsburgh on Friday morning to counter President Obama's appearance at Carnegie Mellon University that afternoon, Romney's campaign announced on Wednesday.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will rally Republicans at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Oakland, a few blocks from where Obama will speak. The event begins at 10 a.m.

“We want to make sure that when Obama's down the street at CMU, they know Republicans are alive and well in Pennsylvania,” said Jim Roddey, Republican county chair, who will emcee the event. Allegheny County has more registered Republicans than any other county in the state, though Democrats outnumber them 2-to-1.

Obama's event, at 2 p.m., is free and open to the public; tickets are available at the campaign's Strip District or East Liberty office. The Jindal-Pawlenty event is free and open to the public, and tickets are available through the state Republican Party.

Obama's event at Carnegie Mellon University will close out a two-day “Betting on America” campaign bus tour through Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. CNN reported that Jindal and Pawlenty will hold rallies near other bus tour stops.

Pawlenty was a rival of Romney's for the GOP nomination before dropping out in August and has since campaigned for him. Jindal helped lead Republican attacks on Obama's health care law in the days after the Supreme Court upheld it June 28.

Mike Wereschagin is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7900 or mwereschagin@tribweb.com.

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