Romney announces campaign book tour schedule

The once-and-almost-certainly-future GOP presidential candidate will hit political hot spots pitching his book

Published February 18, 2010 12:33AM (EST)

Mitt Romney has a book coming out later this year, with a zippy title that sounds suspiciously like a campaign manifesto -- "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness." Fortunately for Romney, there happens to be a Republican presidential primary race scheduled for 2012. Judging from the book tour schedule his Free and Strong America PAC just sent reporters, that's the main thing on Romney's mind as he promotes the tome.

"Romney’s 'No Apology' is his blueprint for maintaining America’s global leadership," the statement announcing the tour says. "He argues that a strong America is essential not only for our own prosperity and security, but also for the prospects of peace and freedom throughout the world. Romney asserts that Washington politicians have put the country on the road to decline and weakness -- unless a new course is taken, America will be passed by others. Romney identifies the looming challenges that face the nation, and proposes the specific actions which he believes are necessary to overcome them."

A whirlwind tour selling the book includes a few stops that aren't typically considered essential by the publishing world -- places like Ames and Des Moines, Iowa; Manchester, N.H.; and South Carolina. There are also a couple stops in Michigan, which gave Romney his first big win in the 2008 primaries. Other stops are familiar towns on the GOP fundraising circuit -- places like Scottsdale, Ariz., La Jolla, Calif., Dallas and Houston. The one destination that raises a few eyebrows? Toronto, on March 25. Unless the Republican Party platform in 2012 includes the annexation of Canada, chances are that one has nothing to do with presidential politics.

Keep reading for the full schedule of where to see Romney this spring:

  • Wednesday, March 3rd Huntington, NY
    Book Revue
    313 New York Avenue
    Book signing – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 4th Framingham, MA
    BJ’s Wholesale Club
    26 Whittier Street
    Book signing – 11:00 AM
  • Friday, March 5th Washington, D.C.
    National Press Club
    529 14th St. NW
    Speech – 1:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 7th West Palm Beach, FL
    Palm Beach Republican Club
    Marriott West Palm Beach
    Speech - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 8th West Palm Beach, FL
    The Forum Club
    Kravis Center
    701 Okeechobee Blvd.
    Speech—12:30 PM
  • Tuesday, March 9th Naples, FL
    Barnes & Noble
    5377 Tamiami Trail
    Book signing – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 10th Birmingham, MI
    34300 Woodward
    Book signing – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 11th Grand Rapids, MI
    Barnes & Noble
    3195 28th St SE
    Book signing – 12:00 Noon
  • Friday, March 12th Sacramento, CA
    2339 Fair Oaks Blvd
    Book signing – 12:00 Noon
  • Saturday, March 13th Salt Lake City, UT
    Hinkley Institute of Politics
    Salt Palace Convention Center
    100 S. West Temple
    Speech – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 16th Phoenix, AZ
    2402 E Camelback Road
    Book signing – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 17th Houston, TX
    World Affairs Council
    Westin Galleria
    5060 West Alabama
    Speech – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 18th Dallas, TX
    National Center for Policy Analysis
    Hilton Anatole
    2201 Stemmons Freeway
    Speech – 12:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 18th Plano, TX
    St. Andrew United Methodist Church
    5801 W. Plano Parkway
    Speech – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 19th Costa Mesa, CA
    Barnes & Noble
    901 B South Coast Dr
    Book signing – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 20th Camp Miramar, CA
    Book signing – Time TBD
  • Monday, March 22nd La Jolla, CA
    Deseret Books
    8657 Villa La Jolla Dr.
    Book signing – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 24th Chicago, IL
    McCormack Freedom Project
    Chase Auditorium
    10 South Dearborn
    Speech – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 25th Toronto, CANADA
    Event in formation
    Time TBD
  • Friday, March 26th Orlando, FL
    The Villages
    Lake Minoa Recreation Center
    1526 Buena Vista Blvd
    Speech & Book signing –
    7:00 PM
  • Monday, March 29th Des Moines, IA
    Des Moines Public Library
    1000 Grand Ave.
    Speech & Book Signing –
    12:00 Noon
  • Monday, March 29th Ames, Iowa
    Iowa State University
    200 Lynn Ave.
    Speech – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 30th Atlanta, GA
    Emory University
    Speech - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 31st Nashville, TN
    Vanderbilt University
    Speech – 7:00 PM
  • Thurday, April 1st South Carolina
    South Carolina Federation of Republican Women
    Location/Time TBD
  • Saturday, April 3rd Sea Island, GA
    AEI World Conference
    100 1st Street South
    Speech – Time TBD
  • Monday, April 5th Vero Beach, FL
    Distinguished Lecture Series
    Riverside Theater
    3250 Riverside Park Dr
    Speeches - 4:00 PM & 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 6th Philadelphia, PA
    World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
    Lowes Hotel
    1200 Market Street
    Speech – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 7th Manchester, NH
    Barnes & Noble
    1741 South Willow Street
    Book signing – 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 8th Boston, MA
    Ford Hall Forum
    Boston Public Library
    700 Boylston St.
    Book signing – 6:30 PM
  • Friday, April 9th Minneapolis, MN
    Freedom Foundation
    Location/Time TBD
  • Wednesday, April 4th Los Angeles, CA
    Jewish Federation of Los Angeles
    Hillcrest Country Club
    10000 West Pico Blvd.
    Speech – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 15th Los Angeles, CA
    Claremont University
    150 E. 10th St.
    Speech – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 20th Scottsdale, AZ
    Restaurant Leadership Conference
    Westin Kierland
    15620 North Clubgate Dr.
    Speech - 7:30 AM
  • Monday, April 26th Las Vegas, NV
    Financial Executives International Conference
    Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino
    3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
    Speech – 9:30 AM
  • Monday, April 26th Las Vegas, NV
    Nellis Air Force Base
    Signing – 4:00 PM
  • Friday, April 30th Ashland, OH
    Ashland University
    401 College Ave.
    Speech – 7:00 PM
  • Monday, May 3rd Champions Gate, FL
    National Ski Areas Association
    Omni Resort
    1500 Masters Blvd.
    Speech - 8:00 AM
  • Tuesday, May 4th Henderson, NV
    Deseret Books
    2651 Paseo Verde Pkwy.
    Signing - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 5th Las Vegas, NV
    Armada Healthcare Event
    3131 Las Vegas Blvd.
    Signing – 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, May 20th Las Vegas, NV
    Skybridge SALT Conference
    Speech – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 27th Denver, CO
    Alliance for Choice in Education
    Marriott City Center
    1701 California Street
    Speech - 12:00 PM

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