Bus tours aren't uncommon heading into a major election. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., is hopping on the bandwagon and joining other grassroots conservatives with a nationwide tour bringing attention to job creation candidates.
Gringch's American Solutions "Jobes Here, Jobs Now Tour" begins its 12-city swing through the nation on Thursday. It's a part of Gingrich's 10 Million Voters campaign. Organizers say the campaign is based on the historic fact that it took a swing of 10 million voters between 1990 and 1994 that led to the Republicans winning the House for the first time in 40 years. A similar swing of 10 million voters led to the Democrats' victory in 2006.
The campaign also includes online tools to help conservatives get voters to the polls.
Each planned stop on the tour will be at the location of a critical race where organizers say voter turnout is needed.
Radio host Mike Gallagher, along with local candidates who support a job creating, free market agenda will also be speaking during the planned rallies.
On Thursday, the tour makes stops for rallies in Phoenix, Ariz., San Diego, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev. On Friday, the tour will be in Sioux City, Iowa, and Collinsville, Ill.
In an e-mail to supporters, Gingrich argued "that the job-killing agenda of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama have artificially extended the life of the 2008 recession, leading to more job losses and even greater pain for America."
"Instead of cutting taxes to spur investment in new businesses, they exploded the deficit with $787 billion of our money on a big government "stimulus," bailouts for state governments, pork, and shovel ready projects that turned out, as Obama now admits to be not so shovel ready," he added.
Gingrich argues that in reality the Democrats have become the party of food stamps, with a record 42 million Americans on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program this summer.
Last month, Chris Van Hollen, head of the Democratic campaign effort in the U.S. House of Representatives, predicted Democrats would retain a House majority in the elections and renew their focus on job growth.
"There are a number of items on the agenda, and our focus will continue to be on moving the economy forward and jobs," he said.