BRUNSWICK -- Mitt Romney turned a torrential downpour's aftermath into a symbol for his campaign.
The rain stopped just as his campaign bus rolled up and discharged its political passengers.
"It looks like the sun is coming through. It's a metaphor for our country. Three and a half years of dark clouds are about to part," he said.
Romney appeared at a pancake breakfast where trash bags and ponchos joined umbrellas as the outfit of the day.
Romney is on a tour through six battleground states which were all won by President Obama 4 years ago.
Recent polls show Romney and President Obama are in a virtual tie in the battleground state of Ohio.
Both campaigns consider the state a must-win. No republican has ever won the presidency without carrying the Buckeye state.
Two of Romney's five sons joined Romney's wife Ann on the Brunswick stage.
His son, Matt, said Romney showed him how to be a dad and father in wishing him a Happy Father's Day.
Romney called November's election a "turning point" for America. He said President Obama is out of touch with ordinary Americans, repeatedly referencing the President's infamous statement that the private sector is doing fine.
"He doesn't have the kind of experience you've had to understand what it takes to have a job or create a job. It's time to have a President who's had a job who can be the one to create jobs," he said.