A young girl in a brown dress posed for a picture in front of a big red bus, painted with white stars and the words “Want Jobs? Fire Pelosi” plastered on its side.
Her mother snapped a photo and moved aside as Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele emerged from inside to a round of applause from area supporters.
The words painted on the side of the bus represented a message Steele has spread across the country with his Fire Pelosi bus tour. The tour began in Sept. 15 with the goal to visit 100 cities in the country’s 48 contiguous states before the Nov. 2 elections.
The purpose of the tour is to encourage votes for Republicans in districts across the nation.
“It’s all because of everyday folks like you who are sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Steele said to a packed crowd. “It’s simple. I’m ready, like you, to fire Nancy Pelosi.”
Local Republican Party representatives, including former governor Tim Babcock, were in attendance for Sunday night’s event, which included a burger and hot dog dinner before Steele’s arrival at around 7 p.m.
Babcock and his wife, Betty, were able to walk around Pelosi’s tour bus prior to speeches.
“A dramatic change is coming up, and I am so pleased Chairman Steele could come and see us again,” Betty Babcock said. “We can really celebrate what I think will be a really great election. We are going to be very successful.”
Steele made a previous stop in Montana during the Republican Party 2010 Platform Convention in July separate from the bus tour.
Steele’s focus Sunday night was on the small business owner, teacher, doctor and the parents raising families in Montana.
“It’s not about what the government will do for me,” Steele said. “I don’t need Obama to care, so I don’t need Obama Care. What you need is for the government to get the heck out of the way and let you access the dreams for you and your families.”
He also stressed the importance of influencing the nation’s youths and their ability to share their ideals through social networking.
“They are part of an important future that is not going to happen in 40 days from now, but 40 minutes from now when you share your experience from this night,” Steele said.
The bus is scheduled for another rally in Rapid City, S.D., Monday afternoon as Steele heads back toward the East Coast.
“Times have changed,” Steele said. “People used to get upset, mad and go to the polls or not go at all. This time is different.
“People are saying not only am I mad, but I’m afraid. That combination will make them take action.”
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