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Mitt Romney Bus Taunts Obama Supporters Again

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Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney often makes a point of claiming to be a practical joker, though many have questioned the nature of some of his most famed "pranks." On Monday, Romney's sense of humor was again on display when his campaign repeated a stunt involving driving its bus around President Barack Obama supporters while honking.

BuzzFeed's Zeke Miller reports:

Romney's campaign bus circled Obama's fundraiser at Boston Symphony Hall Monday night several times, according to Romney deputy press secretary Ryan Williams and verified by several onlookers who said it was honking its horn as it passed.

Williams told BuzzFeed that the bus made "a few" laps before local police closed the roads around the venue before Obama's arrival. They plan on bringing the bus back after Obama leaves to attend another fundraiser.

Similar taunting drew negative reviews from some onlookers earlier this month, when the Romney bus, in the midst of a six-state tour, circled Obama supporters and blared its horn at a campaign event in Ohio. One Obama spokesperson slammed the act as "juvenile tactics" that reflected poorly on Romney.

Such incidents between the two campaigns have grown increasingly caustic. Romney supporters aggressively heckled Obama adviser David Axelrod at a news conference last month, drawing criticism from Axelrod and the Obama campaign, who claimed it was indicative of Romney's persona. In a later interview, Romney declined to condemn the loud protests, saying that American politics has a "long history of heckling and free speech."

Of course, protesters have also targeted Romney's campaign. Two separate cars, one bearing a dog on top of the roof -- a reminder of Seamus the Irish Setter's trip to Canada in a crate atop Romney's station wagon -- and another carrying a human-sized pack of birth control pills, have both announced plans to follow the Romney bus tour.

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