Romney Raves About Wawa

Mitt Romney talks hoagies and touchscreens in Pennsylvania.

Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney, while on the campaign trail, visited a Wawa convenience store and polled the crowd at the Cornwall Iron Furnace, in Cornwall, Pa., about where they buy their sandwiches. The question touched on a local state divide: Wawa or Sheetz, Yahoo News reported.

“Where do you get your hoagies here? Do you get them at Wawas? Is that where you get them?” Romney asked.

“NOOO!” several members of the audience responded.

Romney grinned. “No? You get them at Sheetz?” he said.

When the audience replied in the negative again, Romney asked. “No? Where do you get them?”

The audience responded with names of local delis in response.

Romney told the audience about his visit to a local Wawa convenience store—acknowledging that it might be a tense topic for some in his audience. “I’m sorry,” he said. “I know it’s a very big state divide.”

Romney was intrigued by the touchscreen at Wawa where customers can order their sandwiches, Yahoo News reported. “You press a little touchtone key pad… You touch this, touch this, touch this, go pay the cashier, and there’s your sandwich,” Romney told the audience. “It’s amazing!”

It is a technology that has been fostered by competition, which the federal government lacks in delivering its services to Americans, he noted, adding that the government’s lack of competition and bureaucracy is hurting the U.S. in keeping jobs that are moving to other countries.






  1. Browniesmm says:

    Mitt’s the man. Go GOP

  2. Veebabe11 says:

    Let’s see how Mitt is gonna bring jobs back to the USA.  WE ARE WAITING!

  3. Mitt is only partially correct in suggesting touchscreen is “technology fostered by competition which the federal government lacks in delivering”. If you want the truth read my note below in regards to how touchscreen was developed. You will see that it was the result of research conducted at university level, (which is funded by federal and state gov), and eventually made possible through private sector collaboration.

    Historians consider the first touch screen to be a capacitive touch screen invented by E.A. Johnson at the Royal Radar Establishment, Malvern, UK, around 1965 – 1967. The inventor published a full description of touch screen technology for air traffic control in an article published in 1968. In 1971, a “touch sensor” was developed by Doctor Sam Hurst (founder of Elographics) while he was an instructor at the University of Kentucky. This sensor called the “Elograph” was patented by The University of Kentucky Research Foundation. The “Elograph” was not transparent like modern touch screens, however, it was a significant milestone in touch screen technology. The Elograph was selected by Industrial Research as one of the 100 Most Significant New Technical Products of the Year 1973. In 1974, the first true touch screen incorporating a transparent surface came on the scene developed by Sam Hurst and Elographics. In 1977, Elographics developed and patented a resistive touch screen technology, the most popular touch screen technology in use today. In 1977, Siemens Corporation financed an effort by Elographics to produce the first curved glass touch sensor interface, which became the first device to have the name “touch screen” attached to it. On February 24, 1994, the company officially changed its name from Elographics to Elo TouchSystems.

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