Mitt Romney returned Friday to the picturesque farm where he launched his presidential campaign a year ago to declare an end to “the era of big government” and to offer himself as the leader to steer the country to better times.

Addressing hundreds of flag-waving supporters under a brilliant blue sky, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee sought to root his candidacy in America’s “can-do spirit” and promised his policies would unleash again the country’s “spirit of entrepreneurship.”

As he kicked off a five-day bus tour across six battleground states, Romney cast President Obama as “detached and distant” from the struggling people he has met on factory floors, break rooms and diners across the country.