Romney To Stop At Zanesville Ice Cream Shop Tuesday

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Michael Locklear

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Updated Mon, Aug 13, 2012 4:12 pm

Bill Sullivan owns Tom's Ice Cream Bowl in Zanesville.

That's where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be stopping Tuesday afternoon as part of his visit to three southeast Ohio cities.

Sullivan says Romney will enjoy a bowl of ice cream inside and then deliver a speech outside.

"I think he's got good platform, and I think he's got good ideas," Sullivan said. "And the biggest thing is the economy. As a small businessman here in southeastern Ohio, the economy isn't that great, and there's a lot of people still out of work, and we have to do something about that."

Sullivan says it won't be the first time the ice cream shop, which opened in 1948, has hosted politicians.

Gov. John Kasich and others have made campaign stops at Tom's.

"As far as why politicians like us, everybody likes ice cream. It doesn't matter if you're Republican, Democrat, or whatever. We're in a neighborhood. We're off the beaten path. It's kind of a throwback, a nostalgic place."

Sullivan says Ohio Sen. Troy Balderson, a longtime customer and friend, suggested to the campaign that Romney make a stop there.

The presidential hopeful has also scheduled appearances in Beallsville and Chillicothe.

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