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.


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  • by free Location: Mason on Aug 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM
    I'm gonna vote for Obama, only cause i despise Republican's more. Bankruptcy and death for anyone that doesn't believe in their life philosophies.
  • by Victor Location: Eaton County on Aug 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM
    It still is beyond belief that the repukes still want to show there racist hatred of the first Afican Ameican president by bringing up this long dead issue, Of course most repukes are easily swayed by big lies and their party is excellent at lies, Like the Weapons of Mass Destruction that cost 4000 American lifes for not security but to access OIL...
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      by Dan on Aug 26, 2012 at 02:53 AM in reply to Victor
      Typical anti-Republican argument filled with baseless accusations and horrible grammar. You don't make your side look good posting things like this. If you want to change minds, use facts and avoid name calling.
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      by Kerri on Aug 26, 2012 at 07:37 AM in reply to Victor
      Victor~there isn't a racist hatred for this president. Your party has made up that lie and perpretrated it for 4 yrs now. THEY started playing the race card, when they showed Hillary aside, & nominated Obama, because they knew his race alone would bring his win. If that's not racist, what is? Victor, if you know anything significant about his background, please share it with all of us, because HE hasn't. And, if you care to do your own research (instead of CNN's), you'd find a very well done documentary on WMD's and their history thru the life story of Hussein & Bin Laden (History channel). The terrorists caused the deaths of our Americans and our military fighting in the middle east, no one else. To denounce that is a slap in their face. Shame on you. And, if we had "taken" their oil, Victor, the war would have been over immediately. But, in case you didn't notice, they still have it. All of it.
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      by Courtney on Aug 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM in reply to Victor
      I see, if we ask anything about him we are racist. If we question his judgement we are racist. If we are furious about the state of our country, it must be because we are racist.If we just believe everything he states, we are sheeple. Why does the democratic party insist we are so racist? They seem to be the only group to bring up race for every issue. Can't we just disagree with his actions because they are not what is best for our country??
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