Thousands Turn Out for Romney-Ryan Rally

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

Home sweet home.

"No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate," Mitt Romney told the crowd. "Everyone knows this is the place we were born and raised."

Nearly 10,000 people came out to Long Farms in Commerce Township to support Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan. The apple orchard transformed into one of the largest rallies the presidential hopeful has experienced, complete with Fat Head replicas of him in the audience.

"It's not every day that you see a giant Mitt Romney face," said Sara Sullivan, who proudly held one of the posters.

Many just wanted to experience Romney in person.

"I feel this new energy with Governor Romney," said Max Reichstein. "I was awestruck by him. He looks like the President, and his running mate, my goodness, Paul Ryan, what an energy ball."
For thousands of supporters, it wasn't just about catching a glimpse of a presidential candidate, but hearing his message for Michigan and the country.

"I want to see Michigan just taking off again, with huge job growth and rising take-home pay," Romney said to the audience.

That resonated with many of the people there.

"That's the message. The economy has been bad for three and a half years," said Dennis Devaney. "President Obama hasn't fixed it. We need somebody who can fix it."

For everone who attended the rally, that 'somebody' is obvious.

"I believe that the Romney/Ryan ticket is going to bring us back to America the way I grew up," said Pamela Wicketts. "I want my grandchildren to grow up in America like this."

Romney finished his speech by asking the crowd to find someone who voted for President Obama, and convince them to vote for Romney. He said if everyone who attended the rally did that, he'd win Michigan.

"I want Michigan to vote for Romney and Ryan, and if Michigan does that, he and I will be the next President and Vice President of the United States, and America will stay strong and prosperous and free," Romney said.

Even with all of these supporters, it still might be a tough road ahead for Romney. The last time a Republican presidential candidate won Michigan was in 1988.

This was Romney's first appearance in Michigan since mid-June. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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