MANCHESTER, NH -- Discussing President Obama's forthcoming economic plan this morning in Berlin, NH, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney jabbed the president for his upcoming planned vacation on Martha's Vineyard.
"It's too little too late," Romney said of the plan. "But we appreciate the fact that he's going to devote some time to it. Not just going to be on his bus tour, not just going to be vacationing in Martha's Vineyard, but giving some thought to the American people."
Romney mentioned the vacation again in a radio interview with WLS Chicago, when asked if he would be calling Congress back into session were he president.
"The first thing I would do is go back to my office immediately," Romney said. "If I were president, I wouldn't be looking to spend ten days on Martha's Vineyard."
But, as it turns out, the Republican presidential candidate will be spending one day there -- at the very time Obama is on Martha's Vineyard.
Romney will hold a fundraiser on the Vineyard on Aug. 27, towards the end of the president's stay. The Boston Herald reports the $2,500-per-person affair will be held "just across the island" from where the Obamas are staying, and comes at the tail end of a fundraising swing through some of the "tonier" summer communities of the Bay State, including Nantucket and Osterville, on Cape Cod.
A Romney campaign official points out that, as the former governor of Massachusetts, it is not unusual for him to be fundraising in his home state, and that he is not vacationing on the Vineyard -- but simply attending a fundraiser, then leaving.
As Romney later said in his radio interview with WLS: "Now, Martha’s Vineyard is in my home state of Massachusetts, so I don’t want to say anything negative about people vacationing there. But if you’re the president of the United States, and the nation is in crisis, and we’re in a jobs crisis right now, then you shouldn’t be out vacationing."
Romney, who has a summer home on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, has himself received criticism for the vacation time he has taken, with Politico coining the term "Mittness Protection Program" to describe his periodic absence from the campaign trail.
This week, Romney fundraises in Utah. He returns to the campaign trail early next week, in New Hampshire.